Undergraduate Elementary K-6 and Early Childhood K-3 Application Checklist & Materials

Candidates for the Early Childhood K-3 and Elementary K-6 Teacher Licensure program are admitted on a rolling admissions basis. Applications 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 2023, your application must be submitted no later than February 1, 2023). Students are encouraged to apply early. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee acceptance.

Please review the scheduling options for your licensing/student teaching year

Please submit all application materials

Application for Admission to the Teacher Licensure Programs

Complete the following at least Four Months before Submitting a Complete Application

Download a Free PRAXIS II Elementary multiple subjects 5001:

The PRAXIS II Elementary Multiple Subjects 5001 & Early Childhood Education 5025 tests are designed to measure the basic academic skills vital to all teacher candidates in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.

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Complete the following at least Three Months before Submitting a Complete Application

Register For and Take the PRAXIS II Elementary Multiple subjects 5001:

Scores must be within the past 5 years.

The Cut off scores are:

5002 Language Arts: 157
5003 Math: 157
5004 Social Studies: 155
5005 Science: 159

5025 Early Childhood: 156

Each Section is scored between 100-200 with 200 being the highest. Students will need to log into their ETS account to receive their scores as the University of Utah does not receive them. Students are reminded to ensure that they save a copy of their full three-page score report including the breakdown of each subtest score report.

Ask for Three Letters of Recommendation, one letter from each of the three areas:

If you already know who you plan to use for your letter of recommendation prior to submitting your application, please use the letter of recommendation form to request letters before you begin the application. Once you have completed the form an email will be sent to your references with instructions on how to complete and upload the recommendation. Please be sure you have talked to them before filling out the form so that they are expecting the email. The email will come from the uite@utah.edu email address. Recommenders should check their junk or spam folder in case the email is sent there. Only complete this form once, either before you begin your online application or when you complete the application.

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

Complete an Application for Admission to the Teacher Licensure Programs

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Students are encouraged to use the Teacher Education Workshop Series: Admissions Workshop to complete the application process.

Request a current and official transcript from the University of Utah:

You will be required to upload your own official transcripts to your application. Please have official electronic transcripts sent directly to your personal email, so you can upload the U of U transcripts to your UITE application. Order online transcript. The U of U Office of the Registrar 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. These transcripts must be uploaded directly to your application. Please have official electronic transcripts sent directly to your personal email, and paper transcripts mailed directly to you, so you can upload the transcripts to your UITE application.

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. Paper or electronic transcript accepted. These transcripts should be scanned and uploaded directly to your application. Note that these transcripts should be from the institution of higher education. High school transcripts will not be accepted.

Statement of Professional Purpose:

Statement of professional purpose rubric. 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.

Students are recommended to use the Teacher Education Workshop Series: Statement of Professional Purpose to help them write their statement.

Complete a State and Federal Background Check required by the Utah State Board of Education:

If your background check has expired, it must be renewed in order for you to apply to the program. Students should submit their CACTUS Screenshot for USBE Background Check verification.