Brigham Young University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (69)
I enjoyed attending BYU. I was required to take a mixture of classes in both biology and education, and because of this the major is quite a long one. Some of the required classes seemed a bit arbitrary, like having to take Entomology but not any other specialty class such as Ornithology or Mammalogy. The pedagogy classes were for the most part beneficial, depending on the teacher. What I would have enjoyed more of was time in the middle and high school classrooms. We spent one semester in a practicum observing a teacher and then spend one semester in student teaching. It would have been nice to have a bit more. Overall thought I felt prepared to enter the workforce as a teacher and that my classes has been educational and practical.
BYU has a great atmosphere and a great learning environment. They promote not only education but good morals and values. It's in a beautiful location with lots of outdoor activities nearby.
This university was a great experience. As it a religious school that aligned with my religious beliefs, I was comfortable with the expectations and guidelines of the school. The support to earn my teaching license was fantastic (taking the praxis, filling out paperwork, etc.) I would like to see the program geared more to real-life teaching experiences. Practicum and student teaching were definitely helpful, but many of the assignments did not apply to my experience as a teacher in the real world.
Great experience. I graduated with no debt and was accepted to an Ivy League medical school.
I would like to note ahead of time, that since my experience, my college program failed to be certified for teachers (probably due to some of the items I note in my review), they since changed a lot of the way they run their program (of which I am not familiar), and are now certified to train teachers. As such, I recommend that you do your own research into how the program functions now should you want to attend this institution. During my experience, there was no cohesion in the program. This means that the school of elementary education was broken into 5 different cohorts based upon the 5 different school districts that students would be attending for their practicum experiences and student teaching. Each program had their own set of classes and instructional methods as well as observation and in-class experiences. None of them were the same. For example, the Nebo Cohort (which I attended my first half) was very organized. Each of the methods classes were designed to focus students towards the 10 standards of Utah Teachers and helping students prepare their final portfolios they will need to move from a level 1 teacher to a level 2 teacher. They taught four different types of lesson teaching styles and expected students to apply all four methods in their practicum experience to gain expertise in a variety of methods. The preservice teachers were assigned to their own classroom with their own cooperating teacher and had opportunities to teach and work with students every day. Alpine cohort, on the other hand, was disorganized (I worked with them my second half). Their portfolio was a hodgepodge of anything and everything you ever did. There was no organization or implication for how those records would relate to the 10 standards or the final organized portfolio for teacher transitions. The assessments class was taught by a celebrity who was gone more than he was there and didn't know the materials. He instead used class time to promote his book (not related in any way to the topic of the class). In school experiences grouped 2-4 preservice teachers to one cooperating teacher. This made it so that you were not allowed to teach or work with students more than one time in a week period. So it was luck of the draw for whether you got a great experience or a horrible one.
I loved the learning and opportunities to grow in many ways I had in College. Particularly the ability to really dig in, understand an issue, and form my beliefs through discussion with others.
Great school, but you will need to be proactive. Professors or staff don't reach out to you as much as you would expect, so expect to contact your professors and administration more than you normally might to get the best experience.
Awesome place to learn and to grow. Very helpful faculty and great student body.
Great experience! Great ongoing experiment in cultivating an environment of spiritual and secular learning.
I love that college helps me get the job I want. However I wish we could do without the general requirements.