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2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education K-6 - BS (School of Teacher Education and Leadership)

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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Provisional Admission Process and Requirements

Provisional Admission Process and Requirements

More students major in Elementary Education at USU than in any other major. Therefore, competition for admission into the program is very keen. Due to increased demands for admission, coupled with limited resources, a ceiling of 180 students has been placed on admissions each year. Thus, admission to USU does not necessarily guarantee admission into the Elementary Education Program.

Provisional admission to the Elementary and Early Childhood Teacher Education Program is determined by (1) the student’s GPA in a set of core courses, (2) ACT scores or PPST test results, (3) the number of credits a student has taken, and (4) successful completion of a group assessment interview. (Additional factors to be weighted may be gender and/or minority status consistent with applicable law.) Additional requirements for application to the program are a speech and hearing test, a Teacher Education Writing Exam, and a background check through the Utah State Office of Education. Students must also pass and provide written evidence of the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Exam prior to admission. Applications are accepted each semester. Because there are typically more applicants than there is space available, the number accepted is limited. Students who are not accepted may reapply.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in the major, starting with Level II. A student desiring admission to the Teacher Education Program should file an application in the Elementary Education Office, located in room 373 of the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building.

Elementary/Early Childhood Areas of Emphasis

Students majoring in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education are required to complete an area of Emphasis. All students majoring in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education must complete an area of Emphasis consisting of 9-12 credits. (For the K-6 Licensure Program 9 credits are required, while 12 credits are required for all other programs.) The area of Emphasis must be chosen from the following fields: Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics/General Science, General Science, Fine Arts, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health/Wellness/Nutrition, School Library Media, a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language (ESL),or Dual Language Immersion (DLI).

University Studies Requirements

Elementary Education Majors and Early Childhood Education Majors are required to take certain classes to fulfill the University Studies requirements. The following sections list the specific courses to choose from:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) (3 credits)

(A grade lower than a C- will not be accepted in these courses.)

Breadth Requirements (18-19 credits)

Choose one course from the following to meet the BCA requirement:

Exploration Requirement (3-4 credits)

Students in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors should fulfill this requirement by completing PHYS 1200  (BPS).

Depth Education Requirements

Quantitative Intensive (QI) (1 course)

(A grade lower than a C- will not be accepted in this course.)

Depth Course Requirements (4 credits minimum)

Complete at least 4 credits in approved University Studies depth courses designated DSC, DHA, or DSS (outside of area of emphasis).

Early Childhood Education Major (80 credits) or Elementary Education K-6 Major (79 credits)

(includes Teaching Support Courses and Emphasis)


Grades lower than a C will not be accepted toward major requirements.

Level II (14 credits) (courses taken concurrently)

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to taking these classes.

Level IV (21 credits for Early Child. Educ. or 23 credits for K-6) (taken during two semesters)

Emphasis (9 credits for Elementary Education K-6 Major, 12 credits for Early Childhood Education Major) (C- or better required)

A listing of available Emphasis areas is shown below. For a listing of required and recommended courses, students should contact their advisor.


1 Level II must be completed prior to taking this course.

2 Level III and ELED 4480  must be completed prior to taking this course.

3 FCHD 4550  must be completed prior to taking this course.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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