Between 2014 and 2016, the number of licensed educators in Utah grew to over 34,000; that figure includes many returning teachers. Educators in Utah must accrue professional learning points during the course of their existing license in order to renew it. Once these points have been earned, the renewal process involves completing an application, having it approved, and submitting it.
Requirements for Utah Teachers
|Average Salary for Teachers in Utah (2017)*||$54,750 (Elementary); $56,090 (Middle School); $55,540 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree and completion of approved education preparation program|
|Testing Requirements||Not required for renewal; approved tests optional for accruing professional learning points|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Earning Professional Learning Points
Active educators in Utah must earn professional learning points during the duration of their teaching license in order to renew it. Level one educators must learn at least 100 points, and educators at levels two and three must earn 200 or more. Teachers earn some professional learning points through their employment during the course of their license cycle.
Additional points can be earned by taking courses at a college or university or by completing professional learning activities. Some types of learning activities approved by the Local Education Agency include curriculum development, mentoring, and conducting research. Other options for earning professional learning points include attending conferences, passing approved tests on pedagogy, and serving in a leadership role in an approved educational organization. Additionally, educators must complete Youth Suicide Prevention Training during their license cycle in order to renew.
Applying for Renewal
Depending on the time that has elapsed since their last fingerprinting, Utah teachers who are ready to renew their licenses may need to complete a background check. Next, they must submit a renewal form itemizing their activities for earning professional learning points. Depending on educator level, this may be done manually or electronically. Applicants must meet with a licensed administrator to have their renewal form approved. Finally, they must submit their approved form to the Utah State Board of Education. Level one educators do this by mail while level two teachers renew electronically.
Certification Resources for Utah Teachers
Educators in Utah pursuing initial licensing may find the following resource helpful in preparing for the required exams.