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To become a certified teacher in Utah, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Applicants interested in obtaining their Utah Educator License must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Complete the application form and pay the $75 application fee
  • Provide original official copies of all college/university transcripts
  • Successfully complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Successfully complete all required Praxis II exams
  • Verify they have applied for a background check

Utah Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are Utah’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:

  • Elementary Education: A teaching major shall include not fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field. At least one-half of the credit must be from upper division course work. The teaching major must be in a subject field contained in an approved certification program. Minor: A teaching minor shall include not fewer than 16 semester or 24 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field or service area. The teaching minor must be in a subject field or service area of an approved certification program.
  • Secondary English/Language Arts: A teaching major shall include not fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field. At least one-half of the credit must be from upper division course work. The teaching major must be in a subject field contained in an approved certification program. Minor: A teaching minor shall include not fewer than 16 semester or 24 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field or service area. The teaching minor must be in a subject field or service area of an approved certification program.
  • Secondary Mathematics: A teaching major shall include not fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field. At least one-half of the credit must be from upper division course work. The teaching major must be in a subject field contained in an approved certification program. Minor: A teaching minor shall include not fewer than 16 semester or 24 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field or service area. The teaching minor must be in a subject field or service area of an approved certification program.
  • Secondary History/Social Science: A teaching major shall include not fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field. At least one-half of the credit must be from upper division course work. The teaching major must be in a subject field contained in an approved certification program. Minor: A teaching minor shall include not fewer than 16 semester or 24 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field or service area. The teaching minor must be in a subject field or service area of an approved certification program.
  • Secondary Science: A teaching major shall include not fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field. At least one-half of the credit must be from upper division course work. The teaching major must be in a subject field contained in an approved certification program. Minor: A teaching minor shall include not fewer than 16 semester or 24 quarter hours of credit derived from required and elective courses offered in a given subject field or service area. The teaching minor must be in a subject field or service area of an approved certification program.

Utah Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. The state of Utah officially recognizes ABCTE certification as a route to earning your Utah teacher certification.Click here to learn more about earning your alternative certification in Utah!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Utah, visit our Utah Teacher Scholarships page.

Utah Required Tests

Teaching candidates who are pursuing their Utah teacher certification initial license must successfully complete the Praxis Content Area assessments for their desired area of certification. Individuals who wish to obtain their Level 2 Professional Educator License must also successfully complete the Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) Test for their designated grade level.

Content Area Assessment

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Elementary Certification


165
165
155
159
160

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
Reading & Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science
-or-
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge

Early Childhood (K-3)


165
165
155
159

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
Reading & Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science

Elementary Education (K-6) or (1-8)


Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Secondary Certification (6-12) and Specialized Endorsements

520

Agriculture

Agriculture

158

Art: Content Knowledge

Art (K-12)

154

Business Education: Content Knowledge

Business

164

Chinese (Mandarin): World Language

Chinese (Mandarin)

150
159

Economics, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Economics

162

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

English

159

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

160

French: World Language

French

159
159

Geography, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Geography

160

German: World Language

German

162

Health Education

Health Education

156
159

World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

History

152

Latin

Latin

141

Library Media Specialist

Library Media (K-12)

144

Marketing Education

Marketing Education

160
165

Mathematics: Content Knowledge, or
Middle School Mathematics (Level 2 only)

Mathematics (Level 2-4)

156

Music: Content Knowledge

Music (K-12)

152

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

Physical Education

149
159

Government/Political Science, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Political Science

154
159

Psychology, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Psychology

159

Teaching Reading

Reading

149

Biology: Content Knowledge

Science: Biology

151

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

Science: Chemistry

153

Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge

Science: Earth Science

149

Biology: Content Knowledge

Science: Environmental Science

166

General Science: Content Knowledge

Science: Middle School Science

150

Physical Science: Content Knowledge

Science: Physical Science

136

Physics: Content Knowledge

Science: Physics

550
159

Sociology, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Sociology

168

Spanish: World Language

Spanish

144

Speech Communication: Content Knowledge

Speech Communication

159

Technology Education

Technology Education

162

Theatre

Theatre


Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Special Education* Certification

160

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications, or
Highly Qualified (HQ) test option

Blind and Visually Impaired

160

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications, or
Highly Qualified (HQ) test option

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

160
158

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications, or
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications, or
Highly Qualified (HQ) test option

Mild/Moderate Endorsement

160
158

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications, or
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Severe to Profound Applications, or
Highly Qualified (HQ) test option

Severe to Profound Endorsement

* Utah Praxis disclaimer: Special education candidates have a variety of options, due to the variety of ways in which a special education teacher can be utilized. Candidates in special education are strongly advised to consult with their university advisor or their Local Education Agency’s (LEA’s) special education director, if they are employed, before taking any of the tests listed here.

PLT for License Upgrade

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

160

PLT: Early Childhood
PLT: Grades K-6
PLT: Grades 5-9
PLT: Grades 7-12

To upgrade to a Level 2 teaching license, applicants must take the PLT test that corresponds with their grade level

Visit Utah’s Praxis™ Requirements for a complete list of available assessments.

Utah Certification Reciprocity

Utah will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Utah State Office of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Utah Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Utah provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Utah has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Utah makes $46,270
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Utah makes $45,560
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Utah makes 109% of the salary of the average worker in Utah
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Utah receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

Teach Utah

Teach Utah is the state’s online job opportunity database that allows licensed educators to register, search and apply online for teaching positions within the Utah public school system.

Background Check

The Utah State Office of Education’s Online Background Check System provides applicants with a comprehensive how-to guide when completing their state and federal background check.

Utah Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Utah.

Contact Information

      Utah State Office of Education

      250 East 500 South

      P.O. Box 144200

      Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

      801-538-7740 – Contact

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