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Utah Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $54,750
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $55,540
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 16
Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

 

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/11/2018

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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.

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Master’s Requirements

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.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Utah Teacher Preparation

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.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree are 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 American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) certification as one alternative route to earning  Utah teacher certification. Learn more about earning your alternative certification in Utah on Certification Map.

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Step Three: Utah Required Tests

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
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Elementary Certification


157 
157 
155
159
156

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

Early Childhood (K-3)


157 
157 
155
159

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

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

  

Secondary Certification
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Secondary Certification (6-12) and Specialized Endorsements

147

Agriculture

Agriculture

158

Art: Content Knowledge

Art (K-12)

154

Business Education: Content Knowledge

Business

145

Chinese (Mandarin): World Language

Chinese (Mandarin)

150
159

Economics, or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Economics

162

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

English

160

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)

160
165

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

Mathematics (Level 2)

160

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

Mathematics (Level 3 or 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

166

General Science: Content Knowledge

Science: Middle School

151


136

Chemistry: Content Knowledge, or
Physics: Content Knowledge

Science: Physical

136

Physics: Content Knowledge

Science: Physics

159

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Social Studies Composite

154 
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

    

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

Mild/Moderate

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

 * 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.

PLT for License Upgrade 

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.

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Step Four: Utah Application Requirements

According to the Utah Administrative Code, applicants interested in obtaining their initial teaching licenses in Utah through the traditional route must meet the following requirements:

  • Be recommended by an approved educator preparation program;
  • Satisfactorily complete a background check;
  • Pay the applicable fee;
  • Pass the relevant Praxis II Content Test(s);
  • Complete an Educator Ethics Review;
  • Submit original transcripts from all attended colleges and universities.

Background Check

The Utah State Office of Education’s Educator Background Check handles the necessary state and federal clearance.

Teach Utah

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

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Utah Certification Reciprocity

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

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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, particularly the Entry Year Enhancement (EYE) program, which provides new teachers support for their first three years in the profession.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $54,750
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $55,540
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 16

Figures regarding teacher salaries are sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Utah Certification Resources & Links

250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
801-538-7500

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