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Undergraduate Elementary Application Checklist & Materials

Candidates for the Elementary Teacher Licensure program are admitted on a rolling admissions basis. Complete files are reviewed monthly. Complete application packets must be received no later than February 1st prior to the anticipated licensure year (i.e. if you plan to start the licensure year in Fall 2017, your application packet must be submitted no later than February 1, 2017). Students are encouraged to apply early. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee acceptance.

Please submit all application materials in one sealed envelope.

_____Complete an Application for Admission to the Teacher Licensure Programs
_____Statement of Professional Purpose
_____Three Letters of Recommendation
_____Current and official transcript from the University of Utah
_____Current and official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously
attended
_____ PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Core Academic Skills Test for Educators Scores.
_____Copy of the Live Scan Receipt from the fingerprinting process

Complete the following at least Four Months before Submitting a Complete Application
1 - Download a Free PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators - Study Guide: The PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators test is designed to measure the basic academic skills vital to all teacher candidates in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Go to www.ets.org
Under “Test” click on “Praxis ”
Under “For Test Takers” click on “Prepare for a Test” click on the "EPP Test Requirements Button"
Select each of the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators: PPST Reading, Mathematics and Writing Tests
The Computer based format Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators test codes are 5712, 5722, 5732

Complete the following at least Three Months before Submitting a Complete Application
1 - Register For and Take the PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Scores must be within the past 5 years. The Cut off scores are:

Reading: 156

Writing: 162

Math: 150

Each Section is scored between 100-200 with 200 being the highest.

Computer Based Format - Test Codes 5712, 5722, 5732
Registration: Call the U of U Prometeric Testing Center to register at (801) 581-7310
Location: Student Services Bldg (SSB) room 490 - campus map at www.utah.edu
Test Dates: There are not determined dates to take the PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators via Computer Based. The Prometeric Testing Center will be able to let you know their hours and availability.
Test Fee: $135 (includes registration fee and test fees to take all three sections)
Receiving Scores: It can take 3-6 weeks from the date you take the test to receive your scores. Your scores can be viewed online at www.ets.org and printed directly by you and not by the U of U.
  -Please print and submit your Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores with your application materials - does not need to be in a sealed envelope.

2 - Ask for Three Letters of Recommendation, one letter from each of the three areas: Please give the individuals completing your recommendation the Letter of Recommendation form.

Teaching & Working with Youth: This letter is to be written by a professional educator who has supervised and/or observed you while you are interacting with children in an academic setting (i.e., a cooperating public school teacher in whose classroom you observed during Intro to Teaching).

Academic Performance: This letter should be by a university or college instructor who can write knowledgeably about your intellectual performance and your abilities as a scholar (University of Utah instructors are preferred when students have completed at least one semester at the U of U).

Professional Attributes: This letter is a character reference that speaks to your reliability,
initiative, organization, communication skills, and contributions to a group working situation. This letter could be written by a past or current employer or any additional university or college instructor.

Letters should come directly from individuals who have insights into educational experiences, intellectual abilities, and professional temperament rather than family and friends. Letters should be on letterhead when appropriate and have been written within the past year.

Complete the following at least One Month before Submitting Complete Application

1 - Complete an Application for Admission to the Teacher Licensure Programs

2 - Request a current and official transcript from the University of Utah: The transcript must be received by the applicant and must be in a sealed envelope from the Registrar's Office with a stamp over the seal. The U of U Transcript Office is located in the Student Services Bldg (SSB) 250 and can be reached at (801) 581-8964. If you are matriculated at the U of U but have not yet completed coursework to have a transcript, then please submit a current U of U semester course schedule.

3 - Request current and official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended: No matter how long ago or how little credit was earned, including all correspondence and/or foreign credit. The transcript must be received by the applicant. Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes with a stamp over the seal and must be included in the admission application packet. A “Summary of Transfer Credit” will not be accepted.

4 - Statement of Professional Purpose: Submit a statement informing the Admissions Committee of your strengths as a candidate in the teacher education program at the University of Utah. Your essay should include: a demonstration of your ability to think deeply about and analyze contemporary educational issues; an illustration of your commitment to the teaching profession; multicultural education and diversity in the classroom; should address the mission of the Urban Institute for Teacher Education; and a discussion of how you will contribute to urban schools as a future educator. Essays should be approximately two pages in length and may be double-spaced.

5- Complete a State and Federal Background Check required by the Utah State Office of Education: If your background check has expired, it must be renewed in order for you to apply to the program.

Last Updated: 10/25/16