How to Become a Teacher in Utah

Utah’s data on teacher performance gives the state one of the most comprehensive state programs to guarantee teacher effectiveness. If someone wants to be a Utah certified teacher, there are a number of steps to take. Judging from the most recent accountabilty report, the state’s blueprint has succeeded. Utah continues to add resources to train excellent teachers, starting with the educational requirements of teachers, which is reflected in their pay schedules.

Education Requirements

To become certified to teach in Utah, the State Office of Education requires that applicants have a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved college or university teacher preparation program. They must also pass the Praxis exams required for their certification area or areas and get a recommendation from their college or university.

Utah Teaching Certification

All teachers in Utah must have a baccalaureate degree, complete a teacher preparation program from a college or university approved by the Utah State Office of Education, and receive an institutional recommendation from the college or university. Applicants must also pass the Praxis tests required for their desired certification areas. Teachers in Utah may receive a basic, professional, or distinguished educator certificate, which last three, five, and seven years, respectively.

Required Tests

Teachers in Utah must pass the required Praxis for the grade level or content area in which they wish to be certified. More information about required tests can be found on the ETS website or the Utah State Office of Education website.

State Certification Reciprocity

Utah accepts certification from most other states, but out-of-state applicants must complete an application and meet Utah’s testing and other certification requirements. Out-of-state applicants must also complete a fingerprint background check and the Educator Ethics Review.

Helpful Resources

Brigham Young University-Provo

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Main Campus
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4636

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Dixie State University

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225 S 700 E
Saint George, UT 84770-3876
(435) 652-7500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Snow College

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150 E College Ave
Ephraim, UT 84627
(435) 283-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Southern Utah University

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351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 586-7700

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

University of Utah

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201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
(801) 581-7200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Utah State University

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Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Utah Valley University

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800 W University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058-5999
(801) 863-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Weber State University

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3850 Dixon Parkway Dr. Dept. 1031
Ogden, UT 84408-1031
(801) 626-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Western Governors University

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4001 East 700 South, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 274-3280

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Westminster College

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1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-7651

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
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