How to Become a Preschool Teacher in Utah

Jan 02, 2019

Find out what preschool teachers in Utah are required to have prior to applying for licensure. Read about the necessity of pursuing a degree in early childhood education, the testing requirements, and the whole application process below.

There are multiple paths to licensure in Utah, but for students looking to make an easy transition into teaching, a preparation program or a major in the subject they want to teach can set up the rest of their career trajectory. With courses designed specifically for preschool teachers and internships, early childhood education programs will help students prepare for the daily demands of teaching.

Utah Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in Utah (2017)* $27,820
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis: Elementary Education series or Early Childhood Education

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree from a School in Utah

To become a preschool teacher in Utah, students can pursue a degree from an in-state university to prepare for the experiences they will have in the classroom. There are multiple early childhood education programs available, so students should be sure to weigh all options and talk with an advisor. Each accredited, approved preparation program will offer somewhat different courses, though most will require a student teaching portion. Some courses that might be offered by the program of choice include:

  • Curriculum and Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Foundations and Change in Early Childhood Education
  • Interacting with Infants and Toddlers
  • Creativity in Young Children

Step 2: Take All Required Tests

Preschool teachers have two options when it comes to testing in Utah. Both options are Praxis exams. First, teachers can opt to take the Early Childhood Education test and score at least a 156. This is a two-hour exam made up of 120 multiple-choice questions. Teachers can take the exam on the computer. It will cover topics such as language and literacy, social studies, mathematics, science, and more.

The second testing option is the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam. This series is made up of a reading and language arts subtest requiring at least a 157, a mathematics subtest requiring at least a 157, a social studies subtest requiring at least a 155, and a science subtest requiring at least a 159. All together, this series takes 4 ¼ hours. The reading and language arts subtest is 90-minutes long with 80 questions, the math subtest allows 65 minutes to answer 50 questions, the social studies test takes 50 minutes and includes 55 questions, and the science test has a 50-minute limit for 50 questions.

Either exam will meet the requirements set forth by the Utah Department of Education.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application Online

When all testing is complete, prospective teachers will contact their schools' education departments to make sure that all requirements for graduation have been met. The university will complete their recommendation and post it online in Utah's application system, Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS). Teachers will take a Utah Educator Ethics Review course online through the Educator Licensing Online database. Then, teachers will get fingerprinted and all requirements will be complete. After everything is submitted, teachers will be recommended for Initial Licensure.

Resources for Future Utah Teachers

Students can start studying for either the Elementary Education Praxis series or the Early Childhood exam at any time. Take a look at the guides below and practice sample questions before the test.

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