ELEMENTARY TEACHING LICENSE (GRADES K-6)
The undergraduate Elementary program is an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program granted through the College of Education. Students may choose to complete a Bachelor's of Arts or Bachelor's of Science. Students will be declared as full Elementary majors upon acceptance into the licensure program.
The University of Utah’s Elementary licensure program prepares teachers for grades K-6 as part of a K-8 licensure recommendation to the Utah State Board of Education. Individuals who complete endorsement specialization requirements such as advanced emphases in mathematics are able to teach in K-8 classrooms. Please contact the UITE advisor for information on endorsement course work.
To be recommended for your Professional teaching license, all Elementary, Early Childhood and Secondary licensure students must successfully complete the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). For more information about the PPAT, please see https://www.ets.org/ppa/test-takers/teachers/about as well as program handbooks for more information.
Teacher Candidates who anticipate being recommended for Elementary or Early Childhood licensure on or after September 1, 2022 are required to complete the Foundations of Reading assessment before they are awarded a professional license. Candidates are strongly encouraged to take the test during the fall semester, prior to beginning student teaching. There is not a required score to pass the test for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years. The USBE will establish a cut score by 2024-2025, and all candidates will need to successfully pass the assessment to receive their professional teaching license. More information can be found in the Student Handbook, your program summary or contact UITE Advising.
All Students are reminded that Praxis II is required to meet program admission requirements. If you have questions regarding Praxis II please see UITE Advising.
GRADUATE ELEMENTARY K-6 PROGRAMS
Graduate level Elementary licensure programs are available in conjunction with Master of Education degrees through either Educational Psychology or Special Education. These programs are designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to earn both an Elementary teaching license and a master's degree at the same time.
Elementary with M.Ed. in Educational Psychology Program Summary
The Master of Education in Educational Psychology with Elementary Licensure program is designed to effectively prepare teacher candidates to work with students across various age and ability levels and from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students will work with both the Department of Educational Psychology (ED PS) and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) to complete this program.
Elementary EDUCATION with M.Ed. in SPECIAL EDUCATION Program Summary
The Masters of Education in Special Education with Elementary Licensure program is designed to prepare teacher candidates to work with students across various age and ability levels and from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students will work with both the Department of Special Education (SP ED) and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) to complete this program.
If you are interested in the program, please contact:
Sara Hatch Southwick