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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.
Really great school with a very high quality level of education and very affordable.
BYU is an amazing school with a rich history if you want a spectacular education with small personal classes then BYU is the college for you !
BYU is a great school. However, I ended up doing a coding boot camp to get me skills that would help me in my career. It was a fantastic decision.
I loved that BYU puts an emphasis on spiritual learning as well as intellectual pursuits. It encouraged me to keep my spiritual development in mind throughout my education as well as my life. BYU set me on a course of lifelong learning