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Secondary Education Licensure Program

Emphases: Art Teaching, BFA; Biology Teaching, BA, BS; Chemistry - Teaching Emphasis, BA, BS; Earth Science Composite Teaching, BS; English Teaching, BA, Film & Media Arts, BA, French Teaching, BA; History Teaching, BA; Health & Kinesiology - Health & Physical Education Teaching Emphasis, BS; Mathematics Teaching, BA, BS; Modern Dance Teaching, BFA; Music Education – Choral Emphasis/Instrumental

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Getting Started

Start on GEs and pre-major courses:
  • EDU 1010 - Intro to Teaching
  • Intro teaching course in your field

Making Progress

Meet with your subject advisor and education advisor often:

Finishing Up


Getting Started

Making Progress

  • Volunteer with the Bennion Center
  • Get to know students in your courses and organize study groups
  • Meet with your professors to get inspiration or ideas for your own career
  • Gain leadership experience by joining ASUU
  • Become an Orientation Leader, LEAP peer mentor, Bennion Center Scholar, and/or college ambassador
  • Ask your advisor about events and opportunities in your subject area’s College/Dept.

Finishing Up

Knowledge & Skills

Getting Started

Making Progress

  • Consider part-time employment in schools; work as a paraeducator, or in summer school, after school, and residential programs
  • Gain a global perspective and enhance your major by participating in a Hinckley Global Internship or learning abroad experience
  • Check out UITE’s Teaching Resources
  • Talk with your subject area advisor to learn about resources and opportunities in their College/Dept.

Finishing Up

  • Explore graduate programs and jobs to take your knowledge to the next level and deepen skills
  • Present a project/research at the Annual Education Research Symposium


Getting Started

  • Develop a Teaching Philosophy statement that reflects your values and beliefs about teaching and learning
  • Find mentors in your classroom and school-based community-learning experiences

Making Progress

Finishing Up

  • Create a portfolio of your student teaching artifacts that you can reference in job interviews
  • Participate in university and college graduation ceremonies


Getting Started

Making Progress

Finishing Up


Getting Started

  • Activate your Handshake account to find internships/jobs
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and draft a resume
  • Identify people who can support your educational & professional goals

Making Progress

  • Meet with a Career Coach in the Career & Professional Development Center
  • Regularly update your resume and Teaching Philosophy
  • Attend career fairs hosted by local school districts
  • Apply to volunteer & work opportunities in your field
  • Find student leadership roles that offer networking opportunities
  • Talk to your advisors about internships/job resources within their College/Dept.

Finishing Up

Start Your Career Journey

Find support at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)

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About the Major

The Secondary Teacher Licensure Program in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) is an interdisciplinary teacher preparation program that provides you with professional education to teach middle school, junior high, and high school students across various ages, ability levels, and from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

As part of this program, you will complete a bachelor's degree in a subject area you would like to teach and also complete core professional teacher education courses that address a variety of topics, such as adolescent development, classroom technology integration, legal and policy foundations, assessment and behavioral instruction, and knowledge of students, families, and urban communities. The UITE partners with 6 Colleges at the U to provide 15 secondary teaching majors for you to choose from in disciplines such as Art, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Film & Media Arts, French, History, Health & Physical Education, Math, Modern Dance, Music Education, Physics, Spanish, and Theatre.

In your final year, you complete a full-time student teaching experience in a secondary classroom where you are paired with experienced educators who mentor you through a final capstone teaching experience. Upon graduation and completion of licensure courses and exams, you will be recommended to the Utah State Board of Education to receive your Secondary Education 6-12 Utah Professional Teaching License.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of the discipline(s) you will teach and create learning experiences to make them meaningful to students.
  • Design, adapt, and deliver instruction that address a students’ diverse learning strengths and needs.
  • Advocate for the learners, the school, the community, and the profession. Collaborate with essential partners to create a learning culture that promotes student growth and development.
  • Be a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate and adapt your practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • Seek new knowledge that will lead to improvements in the education and lives of all students and their families.
  • Demonstrate the highest standard of legal and ethical conduct by adhering to and upholding laws, rules, policies, and directives.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 7/19/24