Utah Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Utah
Prospective teachers in Utah must meet the state’s requirements in order to receive Utah teacher certification. There are three levels of licensure in Utah. A Level 1 license is the initial certificate that teachers receive after completing a teacher preparation program and passing the Praxis II assessment. Teacher candidates must be recommended for licensure by an accredited institution before a Level 1 certificate is issued. Those who complete an alternative route to teaching certification or who are eligible for reciprocity from another state will also be granted a Level 1 license.
- I want to be a teacher in Utah, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Utah’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
- MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
While teaching with a Level 1 license, educators in Utah complete the Entry Years Enhancement (EYE) program, which provides support for beginning teachers as they begin their careers. The program must be completed within the first three years of teaching. After an educator completes the EYE, the school district may recommend the employee for a Level 2 certificate. Fingerprinting for a background check must also be done before a Level 1 certificate can be upgraded to a Level 2. A Level 3 certificate is also available for those with a Ph.D. or National Board Certification. Individuals must already have a Utah Level 2 certificate in order to be eligible to upgrade to the Level 3 license.
Utah Teacher Education Requirements
In order to ensure that educators are thoroughly prepared for the demands of teaching, Utah’s State Board of Education evaluates and approves teacher preparation programs at institutions within the state. These programs must also be nationally accredited. After an individual completes a bachelor’s degree and an approved teacher preparation program in Utah, he or she should check with the institution from which the degree was granted in order to determine if a copy of the license is available online to print or if a copy will be mailed by the State Office of Education.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Utah State University: Utah State University is located in the city of Logan and is home to the Emma Eccles College of Education. The EECOE is widely regarded as the finest education college in the state of Utah and is the only graduate education department to appear in the top 50 spots on the US News & World Report rankings of top education schools. The College of Education moved up five spots from last year’s rankings to number 24. The College of Education is made up of several departments including the Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, and Special Education and Rehabilitation. The majority of students are enrolled in the teacher education department, which is responsible for educating current and future teachers, administrators, and counselors.
In January 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics listed Utah’s unemployment rate at 6.1%, significantly below the national average of 8.5%. The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 2,926 annual job openings in education and library related fields through 2018. The National Center for Education Statistics reported 23,657 public school and 1,720 private school teachers employed in Utah in fall 2008 and 2007, respectively. The average beginning teaching salary in the state is $32,393 and the average overall teaching salary in the state is $47,033, the 11th lowest average among US states. The NEA notes a significant teacher shortage in all grades and subjects in urban areas. With the existing shortage and the retirement rate expected to increase, there should be many opportunities for newly certified teachers. Additionally, the NEA reports shortages in special education and science throughout the state. The Utah Education Association has current updates on education policy, budget allocation and local employment opportunities for teachers interested in working in Utah. For more information regarding state certification and subject specialization, please contact local education and teaching schools and programs.
Utah Teacher Testing Requirements
Utah has adopted the Praxis Series of tests to evaluate teacher candidates who apply to become a teacher in Utah. Some educational institutions require that students pass the Praxis I test before being accepted into a teacher preparation program. All future educators in Utah must pass the Praxis II test in the content area that they would like to teach before receiving certification. In addition, those who are completing the EYE to upgrade from a Level 1 to a Level 2 teaching license are often required to pass at least one of the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching tests.
Utah Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||14,090||$45,850|
|Middle School Teachers||4,540||$50,050|
|Secondary School Teachers||6,430||$46,540|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Utah
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- Early Childhood Education (Certification Only)
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- MA in Teaching: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education- National Board Preparation
- Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE)
- And more...
- M.A. in Education/Early Childhood Ed.
- M.A. in Education/Secondary Teacher Education
- B.S. in Education / Elementary Education
- M.A. in Education/Elementary Teacher Education
- And more...
- Teacher Aide
- B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 5 Years)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
- Special Education (Early Childhood/Elementary)
- Educational Administration: (EDD)
- And more...
- Graduate Certificate-Management of Education Corporation/Corporate Training Divisions
- Graduate Certificate-Education Leadership
- Graduate Certificate-Curriculum Leadership
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Utah
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Davis Applied Technology College
550 E 300 S
Kaysville, UT 84037-2699
150 E College Ave
Ephraim, UT 84627
Southern Utah University
351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720
University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
Utah State University
Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-1400
Utah Valley University
800 W University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058-5999
Weber State University
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408-1137
Westminster College-Salt Lake City
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
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