How to Become a Kindergarten Teacher in Utah

There are numerous paths to becoming a kindergarten teacher in Utah, but the most common one is to complete a teacher-prep program and become licensed. This guide will assist you in the traditional process to become a Utah educator.

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The state of Utah has a public school population of over 600,000 students. This growing population means that there are plenty of opportunities to teach in Utah public schools. This guide will explain the traditional steps to become a kindergarten teacher in Utah.

Utah Kindergarten Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Kindergarten Teachers in Utah (2017)* $43,930
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

All teachers in the state of Utah must complete an accredited teacher-prep program through a college or university. An accredited program will include pedagogy classes that detail community learning, literacy, child development, and classroom management. Basic subject classes designed for teaching at the elementary level will also be covered. Students will finish their schooling with a period of interning as a student teacher at a Utah public school. Upon completion, they should be ready to receive their bachelor's degree in early childhood or elementary education, which entitles them to teach in Utah.

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  • Teaching, Kindergarten and Preschool
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  • Teaching, Young Children

Step 2: Pass the Appropriate Tests

To become a kindergarten school teacher in Utah, the following Praxis tests must be passed:

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

OR

  • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (fee $170 for single session covering all tests or $60 per individual sub-test session)
    • Reading/Language Arts, 5002, qualifying score 157
    • Math, 5003, qualifying score 157
    • Social Studies, 5004, qualifying score 155
    • Science, 5005, qualifying score 159

The passing of these tests will grant an educator a level 1 license in grades K-3, which can be used to teach at a kindergarten through third grade level in Utah public schools. The Early Childhood: Content Knowledge test is also applicable to a K-3 license. To qualify to teach on a K-6 grade level, educators must take the multiple subject test.

Step 3: Be Aware of Any Additional Requirements

All teaching candidates must submit to fingerprinting and a background check. They must also complete an Educator Ethics Review.

Step 4: Apply for Certification

The Utah Department of Education maintains information of all licensed teachers in the state in the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) database. Those that received their bachelor's from a Utah college or university, will have a university recommendation posted in CACTUS by the department an individual studied in. From this point, there is a one-year window in which individuals can complete the ethics review, submit fingerprints, and ultimately complete the licensing process. Teachers can check CACTUS to see their status. Those that completed their education out of state have a few more forms and applications to fill out along with the other requirements of in-state students.

Test Prep Certification Resources

Included below are additional test-prep resources to guide you toward teaching kindergarten in Utah:

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