We claim to prepare our teacher candidates so that upon graduation, they can meet the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards.
The goal of the program is to provide coursework and experiences that will prepare competent, caring, and qualified individuals who are ready to assume the role of teacher and to prepare them for further career choices and advancement. Candidates enter the program at the junior level of their undergraduate education where they have completed general education and pre-program required courses and in so doing have a background in the arts and sciences which prepares them with a general content knowledge base.
Candidates for the initial teaching license in the State of Utah must have received training in, and show competence in, the InTASC standards. Utah’s Professional Teaching Standards were primarily derived from the InTASC standards, thus both the School and the State have an intense interest in and focus on these standards. By assessing essential performances, and the understanding and application of knowledge and skills, the School claims that it can verify that candidates meet the InTASC Standards. The following outlines the InTASC clusters and their respective standards with a brief description of what each entails: