April 18, 2018

Utah Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $46,622
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $38,160

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Utah schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary according to grade level and the subject area being taught. You will, however, need to complete an Utah-approved teacher certification program.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see this Web page:
Alternative Routes to Licensure Program Description

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

The Utah Department of Education recognizes the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) as a certification body for teachers. Find out more at this Web site:
Become a Teacher in Utah


No exam in basic skills is required For teacher certification in Utah. However, you’ll need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test
and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Utah has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Utah Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Utah for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Utah State Office of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

Or you can call the Certification Assistance Line at (801) 538 7500.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Utah teacher certification process:

Utah State Office of Education
Educator Quality and Licensing