The Utah Teaching and Certification Resource
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.
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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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Utah
Question: How do I become a high school teacher in Utah?
Answer: To become a high school teacher in Utah, you need to earn a bachelor’s degree and complete a teacher preparation program. You also must pass the Praxis exams and a criminal background check. When the requirements are met, you can apply for a teaching certificate with high school endorsements.
Page edited by Charles Sipe.