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How to Become a Teacher in Utah: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Utah. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For details regarding teaching salaries in Utah, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Utah Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This may include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. In order to receive a Utah Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test & Principles of Learning & Teaching Exams (ETS).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Recommendations
    • Application fee of $119 payable to Utah State Office of Education
    • Fingerprint and Criminal Record check $69 payable to Utah State Office of Education
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Utah State Office of Education
      250 East 500 South
      P.O. Box 144200
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
      (801) 538-7740
  5. Do you want to renew your Utah Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for a Utah Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Teacher Conditional Utah Teaching Certification to teach in Utah. This allows you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Application fee of $50 payable to Utah State Office of Education
    • Mail to:
      Alternative Routes to Licensure
      Utah State Office of Education
      250 East 500 South
      P.O. Box 144200
      Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
      (801) 538-7740

Sources:

  1. The Praxis Tests, Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/praxis/
  2. Utah State Board of Education, https://www.schools.utah.gov/

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