Southern Utah University offers one of the most well-respected Elementary Education bachelor’s degree programs in Utah. School districts throughout the state specifically seek out our graduates for employment because they are known to be well-trained and possess excellent and extensive experience working in the classroom with students prior to graduation. In fact, no other program in Utah requires more classroom experience that the Southern Utah University Elementary Education program. Virtually every class our Elementary Education majors take requires a practicum experience.
Before students start the state-mandated 60-day student teaching experience, they complete a full semester of a block program that is devoted to preparing future teachers for their student teaching experience. As a part of the block program, students are exposed to a wide variety of classroom experiences. They spend time in Salt Lake City schools as well in smaller school districts like Cedar City and rural districts. By the time they complete the block program they are thoroughly prepared to succeed as student teachers.
SUU also participates in a competitive teacher intern program through which students can interview with school districts for a paid six-month to one-year internship that also satisfies the student teaching requirement. Students fortunate enough to be chosen by a school district to intern often move directly into full-time employment.
The reputation of the SUU Elementary Education Program and the outstanding teachers who have graduated from it have resulted in the majority of our graduates finding teaching positions in Utah schools even before graduation day.
Elementary Education bachelor’s program students graduate ready to teach grades 1-6. By obtaining secondary licenses, students can also prepare to teach kindergarten or grades 7-8.
SUU’s Elementary Education faculty maintains close partnerships with district principals to help our students find teaching positions. We also invite school representatives to campus to meet our students, and our campus has a Career Center to help seniors find teaching jobs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary teachers can anticipate 12 percent career growth through 2022. The median annual salary for elementary teachers is $53,090.
Educating Diverse Populations – Explore demographics, ethnicity, culture, race, and other issues impacting school environments.
Planning, Delivery, and Assess – Learn to plan elementary curriculum, deliver instruction effectively, and assess results.
Developments in Education – Stay abreast of the latest thinking and developments in elementary education.
Contact information for department resources
Program Contact: Shawn Christiansen
Name: Sheralee Webb
Graduated: Class of 2011
Current job: Elementary Teacher
"Through my experience in the College of Education, I’ve developed the tools, skills, and confidence to succeed. I’ve had the benefit of personal relationships with knowledgeable professors, the advantage of hours of hands-on, practical experience in the classroom, and the opportunity to begin and progress in my career. I’ve been able to jump-start my life-long dream of becoming a teacher, and I’ve had a great time doing it!"