Teacher of Record Policy for Utah and Reciprocity Programs

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 Office of Education (USOE), 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 USOE 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. 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:

 

  • The student must complete her/his DT in the Spring (January) Cohort.
  • The student must be hired at the beginning of the school year (August or September).
  • The student must remain employed from the start of the school year through the completion of their DT in the Spring (January) Cohort.
  • All placements must meet WGU policies and state licensing standards.
  • The student must meet all district, school, and USOE standards.
  • BASP students will not be allowed to be a Teacher of Record during DT.
  • California students cannot be a teacher of record, regardless of program.

 
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 USOE standards.
 
If you have questions as to how these changes may affect licensure in your state, please contact Teacher Licensure at licensure@wgu.edu.

 

If you have questions as to how these changes may affect your student teaching placement, please contact Field Placement at fieldplacement@wgu.edu.

 

 

03/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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