Elementary School Teacher Requirements in Utah

Elementary teacher certification in the state of Utah consists of education requirements, testing, and licensing. Here, we will examine and explain the requirements to become an elementary school teacher in Utah.

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As of 2016, a rising student population paired with drops in new teaching candidates led to a demand for teachers in the state of Utah. This means that there is ample opportunity to begin a career as an elementary teacher in Utah, where student growth is so great that, as of October 2017, it was estimated that 1 in 5 Utah residents was a student in a public school district.

Utah Elementary School Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Elementary School Teachers in Utah (2017)* $54,750
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early childhood education OR elementary education
Testing Requirements Praxis: Early Childhood: Content Knowledge OR Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete an Approved Teacher Prep Program

The traditional path to certification for elementary educators in Utah is to complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in early childhood education or elementary education. Future teachers take general education courses and professional educator classes in teaching methods, along with child development instruction. Some programs also require that students choose an area of emphasis, like math, language arts, or science.

As part of the Utah licensing process, potential teachers must also complete a student teaching internship, complete with the issuance of a student teaching license. These licenses are often acquired as part of an accredited teacher prep program, but can also be applied for directly through the Utah Department of Education.

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Step 2: Get Your Level 1 Utah Educator License

The Utah Department of Education issues three levels of educator license to teachers in the state based on an individual's education and experience. The level 1 license is required for all educators to begin their teaching careers in Utah.

To receive a level 1 teaching license as an elementary school teacher, the following Praxis tests are required depending on the grade levels in which candidates seek to be licensed:

Grades K-3

  • Early Childhood: Content Knowledge, 5025, qualifying score 156 (fee $120)

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  • Elementary Education: Multiple subjects (fee $170 to take all sub-tests in one session, or $60 for individual sub-test sessions)
    • Reading/Language Arts, 5002, qualifying score 157
    • Math, 5003, qualifying score 157
    • Social Studies, 5004, qualifying score 155
    • Science, 5005, qualifying score 159

Grades K-6 OR 1-8

  • Elementary Education: Multiple subjects (fee $170 to take all sub-tests in one session, or $60 for individual sub-test sessions)
    • Reading/Language Arts, 5002, qualifying score 157
    • Math, 5003, qualifying score 157
    • Social Studies, 5004, qualifying score 155
    • Science, 5005, qualifying score 159

Following successful completion of the licensing requirements, teacher licenses and qualifications are maintained by the DOE in the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) database. Once licensed in the state of Utah, CACTUS offers various resources to educators in the state, including online licensing renewals and applications for higher level licenses.

Step 3: Be Aware of Any Additional Requirements

All teaching candidates must submit to fingerprinting and a background check. Periodic license renewals are also required once initial certification is complete. Additional testing may be required for advancement to the next level.

Test Prep Certification Resources

Provided below are links to test prep resources to make the transition to teaching elementary school in Utah smooth.

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