Become a Preschool Teacher in Utah

You may want to consider a career as a preschool teacher if working with young children interests you. The state of Utah offers a traditional path to teacher certification, which includes earning a bachelor's degree. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Utah Preschool Teacher Certification

You will help prepare students for their school career as a preschool teacher. Utah requires passing scores on a Praxis content assessment and a clear background check.

Required DegreeBachelor's degree
Recommended Degree FieldEarly Childhood Education or Elementary Education
Required TestPraxis Early Childhood Education or Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
License Renewal3 years for Level 1 licenses
5 years for Level 2 licenses
7 years for Level 3 licenses
License Renewal RequirementsCompletion of Entry Years Enhancement (E.Y.E.) program for Level 1 licenses
Professional development credits for Level 2 and 3 licenses
Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in Utah (2018)*$29,700
Job Outlook for Preschool Teachers Nationally (2016-2026)*10%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Traditional Teacher Certification Route

The traditional route to teacher certification is to earn your bachelor's degree and enroll in an approved teacher preparation program. Coursework for such programs can include educational literacy, student diversity, and creative arts in early education. The state of Utah requires that you obtain a recommendation from your preparation program. The recommendation must be uploaded to the state's online Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS).

Praxis Test Requirement

You can choose from two Praxis certification exams. You will need a passing score of 156 on the Early Childhood: Content Knowledge exam. The test consists of 120 selected-response questions, with a testing time of two hours. You will be tested on language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, health and physical education, and creative and performing arts. The Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam covers reading/language arts, math, social studies, and science. Passing scores are 157 for the first two areas, 155 for social studies, and 159 for science.

Level 1 Teaching License Requirements

There are two requirements you must fulfill in addition to passing the Praxis Early Childhood Education test. The first is to complete a Utah State Board of Education (USBE) criminal background check. You will need to start the background check process on USBE's Educator Licensing Online. The second requirement is to submit the Educator Ethics Review, which is also done via Educator Licensing Online. You will be able to apply for your Level 1 teaching license after fulfilling all of these requirements.

Level 1 Teaching License

A Utah Level 1 teaching license is valid for three years. All teachers, regardless of grade level, must participate in the Entry Years Enhancement (E.Y.E.) program as a newly certified teacher. This program will pair you with an experienced, supervising teacher who will guide you in meeting nine professional standards. These professional standards include an understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity, comprehensive lesson planning designed to meet rigorous learning goals, and collaborative behavior with students, peers, and parents. Your local education agency (LEA) can recommend you for a Level 2 teaching license after successful completion of the E.Y.E. program. Otherwise, your LEA can petition for a one-year extension of your Level 1 teaching license.

Level 2 and Level 3 Teaching Licenses

The Utah Level 2 teaching license will last for five years, and the Level 3 teaching license is good for seven years. Both of these licenses require professional development credits as part of the renewal process. Each license allows 35 professional development credits during each school year, with 105 as the maximum amount of credits allowed over the course of each license.

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