Utah Teaching License Requirements
You can become an educator in the state of Utah at the elementary, middle, or high school level. This article will cover the general process to become a level-1 teacher in Utah and delve into level 2 and level 3 teaching certification.
How to Become a Teacher in Utah
The process to become a teacher in Utah includes earning a bachelor's degree and passing certification tests. You will earn your Level 1 teaching license after meeting all of the state requirements.
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Required Degree Field||Education|
|Required Test||Praxis Test for desired content area of endorsement|
|License Validity||3 years for Level 1 licenses|
5 years for Level 2 licenses
7 years for Level 3 licenses
|License Renewal Requirements||Completion of Entry Years Enhancement program for Level 1 licenses|
Professional learning activities for Level 2 and 3 licenses
|Average Salary for Teachers in Utah (2018)*||$59,880 (Elementary School Teachers)|
$61,880 (Middle School Teachers)
$59,070 (High School Teachers)
|Job Outlook for Teachers Nationally (2016-2026)*||7% (Elementary School Teachers)|
8% (Middle School Teachers)
8% (High School Teachers)
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Traditional Teacher Certification Route
The traditional route to certification is earning a bachelor's degree from an approved teacher preparation program. 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
In addition to the degree requirement, the state of Utah requires all teaching candidates earn passing scores on a Praxis test for the desired content area of endorsement. You can choose from a variety of grade level or subject area endorsements. Elementary licensure areas are early childhood (grades K-3) and elementary (grades K-6 or grades 1-8). Secondary licensure is for grades 6-12 and is broken down by subject area, including Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Music, Earth Science, and Technology. You can also become certified in deaf education or special education.
Level 1 Teaching License
Your Level 1 teaching license will be good for three years. The state of Utah mandates that all teachers must enroll in the Entry Years Enhancement (E.Y.E.) program during this time. You will be assigned a mentoring teacher who will assist you in meeting nine professional standards, such as effective instructional strategies, ethical and moral conduct, and comprehension of student development. You will be able to upgrade to a Level 2 teaching license through your employing local education agency (LEA) if you complete the E.Y.E program. If not, your LEA can request a one-year extension.
Level 1 Teaching License Application Process
You will be ready to apply for your Level 1 teaching license after completing the educational, testing, and background check requirements. You will also need to undergo an Educator Ethics Review. The process includes submitting an application, official transcripts, and documentation of passing scores on your Praxis content assessment. It should be noted that your Praxis scores may be sent to the Utah State Department of Education if you took the test after applying for a background check.
Additional Utah Teaching Licenses
Your Level 2 teaching license is valid for five years, while the Level 3 license will last for seven years. Utah requires the completion of professional learning activities to renew each license. You can earn 35 license renewal points for each school year, with no more than 105 points allowed during the validity period of your license.