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To become a certified teacher in Utah, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit a Utah teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Utah Prerequisite Coursework
Generally, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas; Utah has no such requirements, according to the state Administrative Code.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
The traditional route of teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Coursework often includes instruction on foundational knowledge, skills, and pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), as well as preparation in researching, designing and implementing learning experiences in various fields of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and internships.
While education programs may seem financially daunting, a number of resources exist specifically for teachers. For more information, visit the Certification Map page on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships specific to teachers in Utah, visit Certification Map Utah Teacher Scholarships page.
Teaching candidates who are pursuing their initial licenses in Utah must successfully complete the Praxis Content Area Assessments for their desired area of certification. Individuals who wish to obtain their Level 2 licenses must also successfully complete the Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) test for their designated grade level.
Content Area Assessment
Content Area Assessment
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Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading & Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies Science -or- Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood (K-3)
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Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading & Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies Science
Elementary Education (K-6) or (1-8)
Secondary Certification (6-12) and Specialized Endorsements
Art: Content Knowledge
Business Education: Content Knowledge
Chinese (Mandarin): World Language
Economics, or Social Studies: Content Knowledge
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family & Consumer Sciences
French: World Language
Geography, or Social Studies: Content Knowledge
German: World Language
World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge, or Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Library Media Specialist
Library Media (K-12)
Mathematics: Content Knowledge, or Middle School Mathematics (Level 2 only)
Mathematics (Level 2)
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Mathematics (Level 3 or 4)
Music: Content Knowledge
Physical Education: Content Knowledge
Government/Political Science, or Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Psychology, or Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Biology: Content Knowledge
Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
Science: Earth Science
Biology: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge
Science: Middle School
Chemistry: Content Knowledge, or Physics: Content Knowledge
* 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 before taking any of the tests listed here.
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, particularly the Entry Year Enhancement (EYE) program, which provides new teachers support for their first three years in the profession.