Utah Teacher Certification: License & Requirements

Jan 02, 2019

The pathway to teacher certification in Utah involves a number of education, training and testing steps. Once these steps have been completed, candidates can apply for initial licensure and any earned endorsements.

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Teachers have the important responsibility of helping people of all ages to learn. In order to pass on their knowledge in the most effective manner, prospective teachers must obtain a firm grasp of their subject area and become equipped with the latest teaching methodologies. To become a teacher in Utah, candidates must obtain licensure and an endorsement in their subject area.

Teaching Certification Requirements in Utah

Average Salary for Teachers in Utah (2017)* $54,750 (Elementary), $56,090 (Middle), $55,540 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Major in the subject area relevant to the licensure area in which a candidate wishes to teach.
Testing Requirements Praxis subject area test

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a Degree

Aspiring teachers in Utah must first obtain an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates can select a degree program with a major in the subject area that they ultimately wish to teach. Alternatively, in addition to a degree, candidates can also undertake a state-approved educator preparation program. Either way is satisfactory to meet the education requirement for initial teacher licensure.

Existing holders of a Utah teaching license, who would like to teach in additional subject/endorsement areas, can complete an appropriate approved 'add-on' program.

Step 2: Pass all Required Testing

In Utah, teacher candidates must pass the Praxis subject area test which is appropriate for the licensure area they intend to apply for. The tests are administered by ETS. The licensure areas are as follows:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Licensure
  • Secondary Licensure Grades (6-12) and Specialized Endorsements
  • Upgrade to a Level 2 License: Entry Years Enhancement (EYE)
  • Administrator/School Leader
  • Deaf Education
  • Special Education
  • Support Licensure: School Counseling and School Psychologist

Teacher candidates should check the ETS Utah Test Requirements webpage to determine the specific test(s) they need to take. Candidates who take the Praxis subject test in Utah will have their test scores automatically sent to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).

Step 3: Apply for an Initial Teaching License with Endorsement

Once a candidate has completed the education and testing requirements described above, they may apply for their initial teacher license. The first application step is to complete the Educator Ethics Review. This can be done at Educator Licensing Online and takes around 30 minutes. In order to do this, candidates will need to create a Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) identification number. This number is issued when a candidate initiates a background check which is typically done whilst enrolled on an educator preparation program. Candidates can get a CACTUS identification number by creating an account on the Utah Education Network.

Once a background check and the Educator Ethics Review is complete, a candidate can submit the licensure application to USBE using the Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT) application form online. College/University transcripts should be attached to the application.

Teacher Certification Resources

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