Become a Teacher in Utah

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Utah State Office of Education

http://www.schools.utah.gov/

250 East 500 South PO Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

(801) 538 7500

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    Become a teacher in Utah

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            Earn Your Utah Teaching Credential

            Utah has 3 license levels. Level  1 (valid for three years, renewal) is for beginning teachers; level 2 (five years, renewable) is for teachers who have satisfied the EYE (Early Years Advancement) requirements; and Level 3 (seven years, renewable) is for an educator who has earned either a PhD or national board certification.  Various areas of concentration can be added to the license based on the grade level and/or population with which you will be working. If you already possess a valid teaching credential from another state, you may be able to earn your Utah teaching credential through interstate reciprocity. Click here to learn more about earning your Utah teaching credential. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Utah

            Like most states, in Utah, teacher education programs are a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, teaching methodology and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork includes observing classrooms, student teaching, or completing an internship. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for teachers in all states, including Utah. In addition, some specialty areas require a specific number of hours of some courses. Examples for some popular areas are as follows: Elementary Education: To teach in Utah elementary schools, teachers must have a major in teaching that includes at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit from required and elective courses in a specific subject. One-half of these credits should be in upper division classes and the teaching major must be in a subject listed in an approved certification program. A teaching minor must have at least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject or service area, and the minor must be in a subject or service area listed in an approved certification program. Secondary English/Language Arts: To teach Secondary English or Language Arts in Utah, teachers must have taken at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. One-half of the courses should be upper level. The teaching major needs to be listed in an approved certification program. For a minor, the person must have completed at least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. The teaching minor needs to be listed in an approved certification program. Secondary Mathematics: To teach Secondary Mathematics in Utah, teachers must have taken at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. One-half of the courses should be upper level. The teaching major needs to be listed in an approved certification program. For a minor, the person must have completed at least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. The teaching minor needs to be listed in an approved certification program. Secondary History/Social Science: To teach Secondary History or Social Science in Utah, teachers must have taken at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. One-half of the courses should be upper level. The teaching major needs to be listed in an approved certification program. For a minor, the person must have completed at least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. The teaching minor needs to be listed in an approved certification program. Secondary Science: To teach secondary science in Utah, teachers must have taken at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. One-half of the courses should be upper level. The teaching major needs to be listed in an approved certification program. For a minor, the person must have completed at least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of credit of required and elective courses in a specific subject. The teaching minor needs to be listed in an approved certification program. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Utah

            The state of Utah does not require teachers to pass a basic skills test for student teaching or for certification. Basic Skills Test
            • Not required.
            Subject Area Competence You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Read more about teacher certification tests. Return to the top

            Utah Teacher Certification Programs

            To earn your teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Utah can be found here. Return to the top

            Alternative Certification in Utah

            People with bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges or universities other than education degrees, and who have not earned a teaching certificate, can earn and receive an alternative teaching certificate by meeting specific state requirements via the Alternative Routes to Licensure program. The state of Utah recognizes ABCTE certificationas a route to receiving Utah teacher certification. Utah also participates in the Troops to Teachers program, which enables eligible ex-military personnel to teach on a temporary license while completing licensure requirements. If you already possess a valid teaching credential from another state, you may be able to earn your Utah teaching credential through interstate reciprocity. Click here to learn more about earning your Utah teaching credential. Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Utah

            The state of Utah accepts teaching credentials from other states if the applicant has met all Utah requirements. Contact the Utah State Office of Education in regards to your specific situation. For more information, see the Teach.com reciprocity page. Return to the top

            Benefits of a Master in Education Degree in Utah

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master’s in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. Teachers in Provo who hold a Master’s degree can earn roughly $1,700- $18,408 more per year than those without the advanced degree, depending on their longevity. Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Master’s in Education Financial Aid

            Utah residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school. Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Utah Teacher Salary and Incentives

            As of 2008, the average yearly salary for teachers in Utah was $43,175. Teachers also receive benefits, which add to their compensation package. The average total compensation package for teachers in Utah was $63,726. Charter school teachers earned slightly less, on average, with a salary of $33,696. Adding benefits to this figure, the total compensation package was $47,016. Public school teachers in Utah earned an average salary of $44,339. With benefits the total compensation package was $66,397. The average starting salary for teaching jobs in Utah was $31,092. Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Utah Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            The Utah Retirement System (URS) administers teacher retirement and other benefits in the state. Coverage is extensive. The URS also provides a variety of online resources for its members. Consult the URS website for information on retirement benefits and ages. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Utah Teachers

            In Utah, the Department of Educator Quality & Licensing, a department of the Utah State Office of Education, coordinates an extensive professional development program for teachers. Through this department, teachers can earn credits by completing a variety of classes and workshops. The credits can then be used toward continuing education, license renewal, or certification as a “Highly Qualified” teacher, according to guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act. Teachers in Utah follow a three-level process for professional development. In the first (Basic) level, teachers fulfill the requirements of the Early Years Enhancement program, assemble a professional development portfolio, complete three years of teaching experience and pass the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching exam appropriate to their grade level. In the second level (Professional), teachers begin a five-year license renewal cycle, earn a master’s degree, and complete more professional development work. Level three consists of earning a doctoral degree, and beginning a seven-year license renewal cycle. Level three teachers receive the Distinguished Educators’ classification. Interested teachers can visit the Department of Educator Quality & Licensing website for more information and listings of specific courses, conferences and workshops. Return to the top

            Utah Teaching Jobs

            People interested in teaching jobs in Utah can find up-to-date listings of vacancies and other education jobs that are open through the Utah State Office of Education website, TeachUtah.org, which links to national recruitment website Teachers-Teachers.com. After registering for a free membership, job seekers can browse open teaching positions by school and specialty. Members can also post and submit applications and receive e-mail notifications when jobs that match a specific listed location and specialty preference become available. Teaching positions are updated on a daily basis by local school districts. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Utah Teacher Certification Information and Links