Becoming a Teacher in Utah

Explore Program, Licensing and Job Outlook Data for 2016

Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Utah

Utah is always looking for well trained and dedicated teachers. If you’re hoping to become a teacher in Utah, ToBecomeATeacher.org has all the information you will need to pursue this goal. This page describes the key steps you’ll need to get started and eventually find a teaching position in Utah.

1. Choosing a Program: The first step is to find a teaching program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.

  • Finding a program that fits your needs is a critical first step. To ensure you select a program that meets your needs, it is important to ask the right questions. What is important to you as a student? Are you concerned about the cost of the program or the amount of debt you might incur? Is studying at a faith-based college or university important to you? Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue and does the program offer this specialization?

2. Planning for Licensure in Utah: In Utah, you will need a minimum of a bachelor degree and an appropriate post-graduate degree in education. You will also need to write and pass applicable teacher certification exams.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the applicable exams, you can launch your teaching career in Utah.

  • At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? Are you interested in working in a city, small town or rural community? What are your lifestyle priorities? What are your salary expectations? During this stage of the process, you should also keep developing your resume, expanding your education by engaging in professional development activities and gaining additional teaching experience (e.g., by working as a substitute teacher). This will help you to enter the market with a competitive edge.

Choosing an Education Program in Utah

We understand that choosing the right program can be difficult. For this reason, we have streamlined the process. With the aid of a complex algorithm, we have reviewed, tested and documented top education programs across the state. Among other factors, our team has analyzed total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.

Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below has committed themselves to the pursuit of excellence and shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs are Utah’s very best.

Brigham Young University-Provo

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 19 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 19400
  • Acceptance rate 49.42 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 77.7 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 11000

Southern Utah University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23696
  • Acceptance rate 57.09 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 48.85 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 13250

Utah State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 21 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 23184
  • Acceptance rate 96.74 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 49.75 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 13500

University of Utah

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 29828
  • Acceptance rate 81.74 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 59.5 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 15400

Westminster College

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 9 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 118000
  • Acceptance rate 75.17 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 56.98 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24500

Dixie State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 17164
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 35.04 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21250

Weber State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 19960
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 35.55 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 14599

Utah Valley University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 20344
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 23.95 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 16500

Western Governors University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 41 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 24280
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 25.63 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 16667

University of Phoenix-Utah Campus

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 45528
  • Average state starting salary$ 33081
  • Graduation Rate 23.84 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 35500

Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Utah

According to the Utah State Office of Education, Utah has one of the most effective and efficient education systems in the US. Its mission is to ensure all students are prepared for their future. Utah’s core standards, (based on Common Core State Standards) was established in 1984. These standards provide a framework for high quality instruction to ensure academic achievement for all Utah students. That said, Utah has one of the highest ratio of pupils to teachers in the US, at 22.1, according to the National 2011-2012 NEA rankings.

Becoming Licensed to Teach in Utah

Utah teacher preparation includes successful completion of an accredited teacher-education program. Utah recognizes the ABCTE certification as the official route to earning Utah teacher certification. Aspiring teachers who have graduated from accredited institutions, but whose degree was not in education, and who have not earned a teaching certificate can still obtain an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements.

Educators pursuing their Utah teacher certification “initial” license must complete the Praxis Content Area assessments for each area of certification. Educators who wish to obtain their Level II Professional Educator License must also complete the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Test for each designated grade level. The state of Utah does not require aspiring teachers pass a basic skills test for student teaching, or for certification.

Utah provides an alternative route to licensure program for any individual who holds a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution. The program allows teachers to teach while working to complete requirements for licensure. Another alternative to teacher certification is the Utah Troops to Teachers program that assists military personnel to transition to a career as a schoolteacher within targeted schools in Utah.

Utah accepts some teaching credentials from all, but the following states: Vermont, Iowa, Alaska and Minnesota. All states require that certified teachers earn, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Some states require undergraduate credit hours for certification in specialty areas, such as:

  • Elementary education
  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary English/Language Arts
  • Secondary Science
  • Secondary history
  • Secondary social science

A successful career as a teacher in Utah increasingly depends on successful results in the classroom. A master’s degree in teaching will give teachers additional educational theory and classroom skills, as well as hands-on student teaching. After successfully completing a master’s program, teachers most often achieve better results in the classroom, have better job security and higher pay.

Aspiring teachers interested in obtaining a Utah Educator License, must meet the following requirements:

  • They must earn a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • They must complete an application and pay an application fee
  • They must provide their university or college transcripts
  • They must successfully complete all Praxis II exams
  • They must verify they have completed a background check

What is the Job Outlook for Educators in Utah?

Utah has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, at 3.4 percent, with job growth at 4 percent. However, this does not always translate into higher wages for teachers. Teacher salary varies by district, as well as number of years teaching and level of education.

According to the Teacher Salary Schedule Comparison Report, the median beginning monthly salary for a new teacher who has earned a bachelor’s degree is between $33,000 and $48,000, annually, which is well below the national average of $56,383. Employment opportunities can be found at the Utah State Education Directory.

The average salary for an elementary school teacher is $46,270, while the annual average salary for a secondary school teacher is $45,560.

Utah does provide differential pay support for any teacher who chooses to teach in shortage subject areas, such as:

  • Chinese
  • Preschool Special Education
  • Severe Special Education
  • Mathematics Level 4
  • Hearing and Visually Impaired

What Online Programs/Resources are Available for Teachers in Utah

Teachers-Teachers.com – educators can find a job and submit an applications.

SAGE – is a comprehensive assessment system for the state of Utah. Educators can find resources and tools to develop assessments for their classroom.

Utah Department of Education Quality and Licensing – a department of the Utah Sate Office of Education. Teachers can find professional development programs and earn credits by completing classes and workshops.

Utah Education Network (UEN) – one of the nation’s premier education networks for school resources

UtahPublicEducation.org – offers updates on policies and programs for the classroom.

Utah School Boards Association – lists resources, job openings, teacher shortages, school funding, etc.

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