How to Become a High School Teacher in Utah

Jan 02, 2019

Find out what you need to do in order to teach secondary school in Utah. Read about testing requirements, teacher preparation programs, and the application process below.

To become a secondary school teacher in the state of Utah, teachers need to study in the content area they're interested in, like math or science. Because there are so many potential content areas to teach, students should have some idea of what they are interested in before beginning a program of study and a teacher preparation program.

Utah High School Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Secondary School Teachers in Utah (2017)* $55,540
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Desired content area
Testing Requirements Praxis content exams

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in the Content Area

To become a secondary school teacher in Utah, a student will need to pursue their bachelor's degree and complete an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. Students must choose a specific content area, like art or mathematics. Students will also complete a teaching portion of the program in order to prepare for having their own classroom after graduation. These preparation programs all have slightly different course listings, but most will include classes on pedagogy and teaching philosophy. Some courses students might take include:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment
  • Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • Child Development and Learning: Understanding Adolescents

Step 2: Take All Required Praxis Tests

Next, teachers will take all the appropriate Praxis exams. The required exams will vary depending on the content area a teacher wishes to work in. For example, secondary school chemistry teachers will take the Chemistry: Content Knowledge Praxis exam. This test is 2 ½ hours long and made up of 125 questions. The questions cover everything from thermodynamics to atomic and nuclear structure. If a teacher wishes to instruct French, they will need to take the French: Content Knowledge exam and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. This Praxis exam is 3 hours long with listening, reading, writing, and speaking sections. It covers cultural knowledge, fluency, and interpersonal speaking.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

Finally, teachers will need to complete all the steps of the application in order to qualify for a position in the state. They will have to complete a Utah State Board of Education background check online, pass an online ethics review from the same website, and submit a completed licensure application. Background checks and fingerprinting costs will vary by school district. Transcripts and exam scores need to be included as well. Once the appropriate materials have been submitted, teachers will be ready to find a job in the state.

Study Resources for Future Utah Teachers

There are lots of resources for students looking to start studying for the teacher certification tests. Check out the study guides below to get a feel for test content and study strategies.

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