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The purpose of Salt Lake Community College’s Department of Education is to equip students with applicable knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century diverse K-12 school population. Of central importance to our mission is our commitment to preparing teachers with backgrounds rich in content and pedagogy to work caringly and effectively with diverse populations of children, ensure equal educational opportunity for all, and use current learning theory to guide the reflective reform of educational practice to educate for success and prepare students for service in the wider community.

Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education

The education program is a two-year program designed to prepare students to transfer to an accredited four-year teaching program. Students completing the program will develop skills and get the hands-on experience necessary to be accepted into the professional core of courses offered at the university level. Course work will satisfy the General Education requirements for the first two years of a bachelor's degree in elementary, early childhood or special education.

Specific requirements leading to a bachelor's degree in education differ between the four-year higher education institutions. To tailor a program specific to students needs, meet with an academic advisor or consult with a faculty member prior to registering for courses.

Secondary Education

Students who want to teach junior high, middle school or high school should take the required courses for the major subject in which they will be teaching. (For example, History, English, Math, etc.) Not all teaching majors are offered at all USHE schools. Meet with an academic advisor for the specific transfer information about the major(s), minor(s) at the school to which you plan to transfer. Most colleges and universities require EDU 1010. Efficient transfer planning is essential.


It is the responsibility of the student to examine each course description to determine if prerequisite classes are required. Prerequisites must be satisfied before a class may be taken.

Transfer Notes for Electives

Students should select electives based on the institution to which they intend to transfer. Electives beyond those listed may be selected with approval from faculty or advisor. Students should consult with an academic advisor to insure that the correct classes are taken for transferability to their school of choice. Students are also advised to contact the Education advisor at the school(s) to which they intend to transfer.

Professional Licensure

The Education AS program alone does not lead to professional licensure. This program prepares students for application and transfer to other programs of study that could eventually lead to professional licensure. Professional licensure requirements vary from state-to-state. It is highly recommended that students consult in advance with the Utah State Board of Education, or similar agencies in other states, to find out more about eligibility for educational licensure. If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state or intended profession, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.