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How to Be a Spanish Teacher in Utah

To become a Spanish teacher in the state of Utah, interested persons will need to earn a license by completing approved academic achievements and passing the relevant tests required by the Utah State Board of Education.

Information on Becoming a Licensed Spanish Teacher in Utah

In the state of Utah, it's possible to become a licensed Spanish teacher by completing a bachelor's degree program and passing the necessary content knowledge and oral assessment tests. The Utah State Board of Education issues three levels of educator licenses, and the first-time teacher must earn the level 1 license. The general requirements for a level 1 license are summarized in the table below.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree
Exam Requirements Praxis Spanish: World Language
ACTFL Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview
Certification Renewal Period Three years
Requirements for Renewal 100 professional learning points
Approved teacher coursework
Approved training
Mean Salary (2018) $59,070 (high school teachers in UT)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026) 8% (high school teachers nationally)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

General Academic Requirements

To earn a level 1 license as a Spanish teacher, the interested person must first earn a degree from an approved educator preparation program at an accredited college or university. This program must be in Spanish in order to be accepted by the Utah State Board of Education.

Testing Requirements

There are two tests that prospective Spanish teachers in Utah must complete. These are the Praxis Spanish: World Language content assessment and the ACTFL Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview. The Praxis exam will assess the educator's knowledge of the subject matter as well as his/her teaching skills. The ACTFL interview is a one-on-one assessment in which a certified tester has a maximum of 30 minutes to determine how well the educator speaks the language.

Background Check and Educator Ethics Review

All applicants for an educator license must pass a background check. This requires the applicant to submit his/her fingerprints so they can be reviewed by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Applicants may choose between having their fingerprints collected at a LiveScan location or submitting a completed fingerprint card. In order to start the background check process, applicants must use the online licensing system on the Utah State Board of Education website. Applicants will also be required to complete an assessment on the ethical rules for educators. This assessment consists of 25 multiple-choice questions.

Application Process

To initiate the application for a level 1 educator license, the applicant will need a recommendation from the college or university at which he/she earned the degree. This recommendation must be uploaded to the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) system. Once the applicant confirms that this has been done, he/she can move on to completing the ethics review and background check online. The completed application form and official transcripts can then be sent by mail to:

Utah State Board of Education Licensing

250 East 500 South

PO Box 144200

Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200

Alternatively, the college or university may send the official transcripts by email to transcripts@schools.utah.gov.

License Information

The level 1 license is valid for three years and can be renewed by earning at least 100 approved professional learning points, two hours of Youth Suicide Prevention Training, and the Utah Student Data Privacy course. The educator must also prepare a Professional Growth Plan. Alternatively, a level 1 license can be upgraded to a level 2 license by completing the Early Years Enhancement (E.Y.E.) program and the relevant Praxis assessment.