Utah Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
The state of Utah requires all teachers to complete an approved teacher preparation program before becoming eligible to work in the state’s school system. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for those pursuing teaching degrees in Utah. In order to find the best school to prepare for a career in education, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you’re looking to start a brand new career as a teacher or thinking about moving up the ladder in your current educator position, use this guide to help you find the best teaching preparation program for your individual needs.
- There are 11 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Utah.1
- 5 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 9 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 8 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 3 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023.3
- 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022.4
- 5 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.5
- 6 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the AAQEP.6
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Utah Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Utah according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2019-2020 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Utah traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment7||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate7||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment7||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate7||Net Price1|
|Brigham Young University||Yes||1,158||412||100%||—||—||—||$13,150|
|Utah Tech University||Yes||98||55||100%||—||—||—||$13,542|
|Southern Utah University||Yes||279||92||100%||—||—||—||$13,432|
|University of Utah||Yes||395||136||98%||—||—||—||$12,881|
|Utah State University||No||1,119||359||97%||29||—||—||$13,530|
|Utah Valley University||No||849||289||95%||—||—||—||$8,184|
|Weber State University||No||704||292||94%||—||—||—||$11,767|
|Western Governors University||Yes||1,643||551||98%||—||—||—||$8,786|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Utah
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023
- Utah State University (#30 tie)
- University of Utah (#76 tie)
- Brigham Young University (#84 tie)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022
- Utah State University (#46 tie)
Select Utah Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City and is home to the College of Education, which confers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate degrees offered are a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Educational Psychology, a BS in Special Education, and a BA or BS in Elementary Education. Those interested in Secondary Education complete Education courses in conjunction with courses in their teaching subject of choice. Graduate students seeking initial licensure may choose from Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education master’s programs. Non-licensure programs include a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in K-12 School Leadership, Teacher Leadership, or Student Affairs; an M.Ed. or Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Educational Technology; and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education, Culture and Society.
Utah State University is located in the city of Logan and is home to the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services. Undergraduate students seeking initial licensure may choose from a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Art (BA) in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (with concentrations offered in Deaf Education and Special Education). There is also a BS or BA in Social Studies and a BS or BA in Secondary Education which may be completed as a dual degree along with a bachelor’s program in the student’s chosen teaching subject. Graduate students looking to further their careers as teacher leaders or administrators may pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Science (MS) in Special Education; an M.Ed. or MS in Curriculum and Instruction; an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership; a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Education (EdD) in Education; or a PhD in Disability Disciplines.
Weber State University (WSU) is home to the Moyes College of Education, which offers both undergraduate and graduate education programs. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Childhood (non-licensure), Early Childhood Education (licensure), Elementary Education (also offered as a double major with Early Childhood), Physical Education, Physical Education Teaching, or Special Education. The BS in Elementary Education is offered with two track options: K-6 and Grades 1-8. There is also a Secondary Education Licensure program for those completing majors in their chosen instructional area. For students pursuing careers that do not require licensure, such as early childhood education, WSU also offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood and an Associate of Science (AS) in Education. For graduate students, WSU offers a Master of Education (M.Ed) with emphases in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Family Life Education, or Higher Education Leadership, as well as Graduate Certificate in Teaching (GCT) leading to licensure as an elementary, secondary, or special education teacher.
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Dixie State University*
225 S 700 E
St. George, UT 84770
Salt Lake Community College
4600 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
150 College Ave E
Ephraim, UT 84627
Utah Valley University*
800 W University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058
Weber State University*
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408-1137
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Southern Utah University
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720
Weber State University
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408
Western Governors University
4001 700 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP): https://aaqep.org/accredited-programs
7. US Department of Education 2021 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx