Teaching Degrees in Utah

Utah has a high student-to-teacher ratio, and above average standardized test scores. The state also offers financial incentives to those teachers who operate in high-need areas. Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Utah should know some additional information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Utah teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Utah.

Teaching Degrees in Utah

There are two accredited teaching degree programs at Utah institutions of higher learning. The starting salary for Utah teachers is $32,393; the average is $42,335. Approximately 30 percent of teachers have a master’s degree and earn $2,310 more per year than their counterparts with bachelor’s degrees.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Utah

Among the various options for grants and scholarships in Utah include:

Education Department Tuition Waivers – Urban Institute for Teacher Education
Tuition waivers for outstanding University of Utah resident undergraduates who intend to pursue a career in teaching. Requires 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Lynn Jensen Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to pursue a career in education.

Math for America – Utah Fellowship
This fellowship is intended for college graduates who commit to five years of teaching math in Utah public secondary schools.

M. Lynn and Katherine S. Bennion Endowed Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund established in 1998 for students seeking education degrees, this award gives preference to descendants of the donors, followed by students from underrepresented populations with demonstrated need.

Ruth Ipson Cannon Scholarship: Southern Utah University
This award goes to a freshman from Garfield County majoring in Education. Requires demonstrated financial need.

Southern Utah University College of Education List of Endowments
This links to the portal page for endowments available to education majors from Southern Utah University.

T. H. Bell Teaching Incentive
This award, funded by the Utah State Legislature, requires all recipients to obtain a teaching degree in Utah with certification, and a commitment to teach in Utah public schools for one year per year of award.

University of Utah Scholarships
This is the financial aid portal page to scholarships available through the University of Utah.

Utah Teacher Certification

To obtain a teaching license in Utah, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.

Other certification requirements include:

  • Completion of and recommendation by an approved and accredited teacher preparation program
  • Background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Passing scores on the Praxis II competency exams

Utah offers alternative certification programs through the Alternative Routes to Licensure program. The state also recognizes ABCTE certification. Utah also participates in the Troops to Teachers program to aid veterans of the armed forces who seek a career in education.

Important Note: Utah accepts teaching certifications from other states, provided the educator has met Utah state requirements.

Utah has a three-level process for continuing certification. The first is the Basic Level and is three years in length, during which teachers undergo the Early Years Enhancement program, assemble a professional development portfolio, and pass the Praxis II exams. The second level is the Professional level, during which teachers gain a five-year license. During this time they are expected to earn a master’s degree and complete more professional development work. The final level sees the candidate earn a doctoral degree and receive a seven-year license. At this level the teacher is classified as a Distinguished Educator.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Utah

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Utah and maintaining this status.

Utah Department of Education
The Utah Department of Education has resources for licensure, renewal, and other information relevant to teachers.

Utah Labor Commission
The Utah Labor Commission has valuable resources and tools for labor and workforce development in Utah.

Utah Education Association
This is the website for a Utah state teachers union, which represents over 18,000 educators and advocates for the rights of its members and for educational excellence throughout the state.

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