Utah Student Teacher License
Beginning with those who are starting student teaching in January 2008, the Utah State Office of Education requires that all student teachers apply for and hold a Utah Student Teacher License prior to entering the classroom as a student teacher. Once you are admitted to a Demonstration Teaching (DT) cohort at WGU, you must apply for this license by following the steps outlined below. If you are not completing DT in a Utah school, you do not need to apply for a Utah Student Teacher License.
Step 1: Complete the background clearance process described in the UT Background Clearance Information article in the student handbook. You will not be able to receive or apply for a Student Teacher License unless a cleared background check is on file with the Utah Office of Education.
Step 2: Go to the Utah State Board of Education's Student Licensing page and select "Start Your Student License."
Step 3: Enter your CACTUS ID number and date of birth on the User Authentication screen. If you do not have your CACTUS ID number, please contact the WGU Licensure Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to send it to you.
Step 4: Verify your contact information and make sure that WGU is listed as the university where you are enrolled. You may have to edit the information that the system pulls from CACTUS in order to indicate WGU as the institution you attend.
Step 5: Accurately answer the background questions.
Step 6: Pay the $20.00 licensing fee using a major credit card.
Step 7: Print your license. A copy of your license will also be emailed to you.
Step 8: Email a copy of your student teaching license to your placement coordinator at email@example.com. You will not be able to begin your DT until your placement coordinator has received your Student Teacher License, so please send it in as soon as you have it.
Step 9: Once your DT placement has been finalized, check with the school office as well as the school district human resources department to see if they require a copy for their files.
Step 10: Keep your license in a safe place for your own records, and keep a copy in the classroom where you are completing your DT.
Article Number: 20216, 1484