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Utah Alternative Teacher Certification

For those who would like to teach in Utah but did not follow the traditional route to achieve educator licensure, there are paths available for earning alternative teacher certification in Utah. These pathways can help future teachers transition to the classroom by completing coursework and student teaching at the same time. Read more about these alternative routes below.

Requirements for Alternative Certification

The basic requirement to earn alternative teacher certification in Utah is a bachelor’s degree. There are exceptions to the bachelor’s degree requirement in selected career and technical education subjects. Candidates must also be prepared to take the state’s required exams for educators and complete additional education, which may be a licensure-only program or a master’s degree in education.

Types of Alternative Teaching Licenses in Utah

There are three main pathways to earn teacher licensure in Utah through alternative routes, besides the out-of-state option. These routes are designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than education.

Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL)

Those who already hold a bachelor’s degree may complete Utah’s Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) program. Once approved, an individualized plan of teacher preparation coursework is developed to outline the requirements for licensure based on the candidate’s background. A Professional Growth Plan is also developed, which typically involves pedagogy classes, methods courses, and Praxis assessments. The Praxis content-area exam for the endorsement sought must be passed for certification. Teacher candidates using the ARL must teach for at least one year and can renew the plan for up to three years while the remaining requirements are completed for licensure as long as satisfactory evaluations are submitted. Upon completion of the ARL program, a Letter of Recommendation for Licensure allows the candidate to receive a Level 1 license.

In Utah, prospective career and technical education (CTE) teachers typically follow the ARL pathway. Candidates must have work experience and industry certification, if available, in the CTE subject to be taught in lieu of a bachelor’s degree. For detailed information based on subject area, visit the Utah State Board of Education website.

University Licensure Program

Several universities in Utah offer licensure-only programs, which may lead to licensure only instead of licensure and a degree. To qualify a graduate for licensure, such a program must hold current accreditation a regional accrediting body. If you are looking for information about nationally-accredited schools, see our list of CAEP accredited schools in Utah. If your licensure-only program was completed in a state other than Utah, you should follow the steps for an out-of-state license through reciprocity.

Testing Requirements for Utah Alternative Certification

Utah has adopted the Praxis Series for prospective teachers. Some teacher preparation programs may require students to pass the Praxis exams prior to beginning program coursework. All future educators in Utah must pass the Praxis subject-area test in the content area that they would like to teach before receiving certification.

Transferring Teaching Licenses from Another State

Individuals who hold a teaching certificate in another state may qualify for Utah teacher licensure by reciprocity. Each application is evaluated on an individual basis. Those who have less than three years of experience in another state are required to complete the (EYE) program. For further details, refer to our guide to teaching certificate reciprocity or the Utah State Board of Education.

Additional Resources

Schools with Alternative Certification Programs in Utah

Because the alternative certification process is complex, we have researched and provided specific school programs below for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree outside of education and want to become a teacher. We recommend you request information from one or more of these specific programs:

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References:
1. Utah State Board of Education: https://www.schools.utah.gov/