How to Be a Kindergarten Teacher in Utah

Kindergarten teachers in the state of Utah will need to meet a number of different requirements before they can start a career in teaching. Learn about specific job requirements and job statistics like salary and job growth. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Information on Becoming a Kindergarten Teacher in Utah

Kindergarten teachers can work in different environments, from public to private schools. Typically, they work with young students around the age of five, who are just starting into their academic life. To become a kindergarten teacher in the state of Utah, there are a number of requirements that must first be met.

Education/Experience Required A Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, Certification/License to Teach
Exams Required Praxis Exams**
Certification Renewal Period 5 Years
Mean Salary (2018) $48,320*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026) 7% (national)*

*Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), **Teach Utah

Job Description

Kindergarten teachers work with young students to teach them basic essentials and prepare them to move further into their academic careers. They are responsible for a number of classroom tasks including creating and enforcing rules, making lesson plans and adapting them as needed, monitoring student progress, supervise students, and keep open communication with parents when it is necessary. These teachers are often responsible for teaching a number of different basic subjects, such as reading, writing, math, and art. During the school day teachers may need to attend meetings with other faculty or parents, and take time to prepare for upcoming activities.

Education Requirements

Before becoming a kindergarten teacher in the state of Utah, potential teachers will need to earn a bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited university or college. In addition to earning a degree, students will also need to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program before they are able to get their license. The teacher preparation program will include a combination of different curriculum in conjunction with fieldwork, such as student teaching or internships.

Exam Requirements

In order to become a kindergarten teacher in Utah, students will need to take the Praxis Series tests and the Praxis Subject Assessments test. The Praxis Subject Assessments test is specific to the core area that a student plans to teach in the future. A potential teacher will need to pass both of these exams and document the scores that they receive, as they will be needed when applying for, and renewing a teaching license.

License Levels

There are three different levels of license that a kindergarten teacher can have in the state of Utah. Level 1 is the first license that a teacher will get after they complete their teacher preparation program, have a recommendation from an accredited college or university, and have received passing scores on the Praxis content tests that they have taken.

Level 2 is the license that a teacher will receive after they have met all of the requirements for Level 1, and wish to move up. The requirements for this level are the completion of EYE requirements, and having a recommendation from the school that they have been employed with.

Lastly is the Level 3 license, which can only be obtained when a teacher has previously held a Level 2 license, earned a PhD, received a National Board Certification, and earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA.

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