Teacher of Record Policy for Utah and Reciprocity Programs
In August 2015, Utah Administrative Code pertaining to student teaching was updated in a way that prohibits, in some circumstances, WGU students from being a Teacher of Record (i.e. paid, contracted teacher during Demonstration Teaching (DT)). After coordinating with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), WGU's Demonstration Teaching Policy for all Utah and Reciprocity-program students who desire to be Teachers of record was duly modified.
All Utah students, as well as students who are in states and programs that require initial licensure through Utah (i.e. reciprocity), who plan to complete student teaching in their own classrooms must meet USBE Internship Program requirements. This means that all Utah and reciprocity-program students who are Teachers of Record during DT must complete at least 1,260 hours at their school prior to graduation and licensure recommendation. Hours completed as a teacher of record after the conclusion of demonstration teaching will not count toward the 1,260 hour requirement. In order to facilitate this requirement, maintain compliance with the Utah Administrative Code, and assist students in obtaining licensure in the most efficient and unproblematic manner, WGU now requires the following for any student who is a Teacher of Record during DT in Utah or any reciprocity state:
Further, the student will be responsible for retaining employment. If the student’s position is terminated, eliminated, relegated, or canceled, then the student will be given a traditional student teacher placement. Also, the student will not be allowed into the Cohort Seminar prior to the start of the Spring Cohort. The student will be responsible for meeting all other district, school, and USBE standards.
If you have questions as to how these changes may affect licensure in your state, please contact Teacher Licensure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions as to how these changes may affect your student teaching placement, please contact Field Placement at email@example.com.