UT Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

Utah Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Science in Special Education degree, or a post-baccalaureate certification must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree who have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must have marks of "pass” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams, as well as all state-required exams.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree who do not have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.

Follow these steps to apply for initial licensure in Utah:

Step 1: Obtain a UT background clearance prior to Demonstration Teaching.  This will need to be on file with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) when you apply for licensure. You must have a valid background clearance on file with the USBE for Utah licensure, and cannot license if your background check has expired or been revoked.

Step 2: Make sure that you have submitted your exam scores to WGU and the Utah State Board of Education.

Step 3: Complete the USBE 's online ethics review on the Utah Educator Licensing page by clicking on the "Educator Ethics Review" link.

Step 4: Once you graduate/complete your teacher preparation program, email licensure@wgu.edu to request that the WGU Certification Officer submit an online recommendation for your UT certification.  

Step 5: Upon being recommended for certification, the Certification Officer will send you an email with a link to complete the online application. You will not need to pay any licensing fee to obtain your Utah teaching license. Once you complete the online application, you will be emailed your UT teaching certificate. Typically, you are emailed your license immediately but it can take up to 24 hours for it to be sent via email. Be sure to print your license as well as save a copy to your computer—you will not be receiving a hard copy in the mail.

 


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