Undergraduate Secondary Application Checklist & Materials
Candidates for the Secondary Teacher Licensure program are admitted on a rolling admissions basis. Complete files are reviewed monthly. Students may apply up to three years prior to the Licensure Year of the program. Complete 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 2022, your application must be submitted no later than February 1st, 2022). Students are encouraged to apply early.
Please review the scheduling options for your licensing/student teaching year - Schedule
Details of the admissions requirement are described in the program summary.
STATEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PURPOSE (NO MORE THAN TWO PAGES).
Statement of Professional Purpose: Submit a statement informing the Admissions Committee of your strengths as a candidate in the teacher education program in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah. Essays should be approximately two pages in length and may be double-spaced. Your essay will be evaluated on its content as well as your ability to convey your ideas in formal academic language using standard writing conventions. Use the rubric at the link to assist in writing your statement.
Students are recommended to use Teacher Education Workshop Series to write their statement.
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.
CURRENT AND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL OTHER 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. High school transcripts will not be accepted.
FULL SCORE REPORT (3 PAGES) OF THE PRAXIS I CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS: READING, WRITING, AND MATH or Praxis II
Students can take Praxis I or Praxis II for admissions. Praxis I minimum cut off scores are:
For Praxis II, please find your content tests cut off scores here.
Students are reminded to save a copy of their full three-page score report from ETS including all the subtest score reports.
THREE Letters of Recommendation, ONE EACH AREA: ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL, TEACHING & WORKING WITH YOUTH.
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, so make sure you have talked to them before filling out the form. Only complete this form once, either before you begin your online application or when you complete the application.
a. Academic: This letter must be written by a professor in your major subject area, who can speak to your intellectual performance and scholastic abilities.
b. Professional: This letter should be written by an employer or an additional course instructor, who can address your professional competencies (i.e., reliability, initiative, organization, communication skills).
c. Teaching and Working with Youth: This letter should be written by a professional educator who has supervised and/or observed you while you interacted with junior high and/or high school age children in an academic setting. (Recommended sources include volunteer work or practicum experiences in public schools affiliated with university coursework.)
DEPARTMENTAL MAJOR/MINOR SIGN-OFF FORMS (Secondary Students Only).
VERIFY THAT YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK THROUGH THE UTAH STATE Board OF EDUCATION IS STILL ACTIVE. IF YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK HAS EXPIRED, IT MUST BE RENEWED IN ORDER FOR YOU TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM.
CACTUS Screenshot for USBE Background Check verification.
Due to the competitive nature of our programs, meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to students who will teach in areas of greatest need, and those with a teaching minor in addition to their teaching major.