CACTUS is the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools. This is a database updated by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and contains information about you as a pre-service teacher and beyond. This database houses general information about you, such as: your contact information, your background check and test scores. Eventually this database will house the information regarding your degrees, teaching licenses, and hiring information. This is your direct connection to the USBE and you will use it in the future.
Please note that CACTUS will upload new information when available to the USBE such as Praxis Exams, address changes, etc. It however does not show your current background check status. It will only say when the background check process was last completed by you. If you have questions regarding if your background check is current or not, please contact Ms. Kristen Lindsay, email@example.com and provide your CACTUS id number.
The UITE does not update the information in this database. You are asked to supply a screenshot of your Checklist when you request permission codes for field practicum EDU courses to help verify your USBE background check. Note that you checklist should have the arrow next to personal information clicked to ensure that all information is available, including your name. Your name does not appear anywhere else on the account.
A teacher education license program could take anywhere from 4 to 5 years depending upon credit hours and specific program requirements. For more information please schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.
Student teaching schedules can be vigorous and time consuming. We do not recommend working while full-time student teaching. We do have paid internship options available, which you can indicate on your application for admission.
Elementary INTERNSHIP OPTION
Paid Internships with Granite and Jordan School Districts are identified annually, by the district, based upon available funding and open positions. Following successful admissions into the Elementary Education Degree with Licensure program individuals interested in internships are selected based upon the following:
- Full program admissions
- 3.3 GPA
- Demonstrated Record of work with youth
- District Interview
- All pre-licensure coursework completed the spring prior to beginning your licensure year. For example, to be eligible for selection in the the internship program for licensure year 2024-2025 all of your pre-licensure coursework must be complete by the end of spring 2024. Completing required program coursework in summer semester prior to beginning the internship is not permissible.
Elementary Interns will complete 6 credit hours of coursework during the summer semester. Courses include the following:
Based on successful completion of this coursework, each intern will begin her/his employment with Granite or Jordan School District, at the assigned school. Interns are considered employees of the district and receive half-salary and full benefits. While teaching, they will complete the following credit hours; during fall semester, interns must attend class one night per week and complete 6 credit hours that will consist of:
During spring semester, interns will again attend one night of class and must complete 12 credit hours that consist of:
Throughout the year-long internship, Interns will have the support of both a school-based and university supervisor.
For more information, please go to: https://uite.utah.edu/uite-internship/.
Secondary INTERNSHIP OPTION
The internship option is not currently available for secondary education students.
To apply for scholarships please apply below by MARCH 1, 2024:
We encourage students to use the Teacher Education Workshop Series: Scholarship Workshop to help them navigate the Scholarship process.
Note that some scholarships have due dates earlier than March 1. We strongly recommend students begin to review available scholarships when the application opens near the beginning of December to provide students with as many scholarship opportunities as possible.
Visit our admissions page for more information and to apply now.
We encourage students to use the Teacher Education Workshop Series: Application Workshop to help them navigate the Admissions process.
Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT)
Teacher Candidates at the University of Utah are expected to comply with Utah State Board of Education requirements for performance assessment. The University of Utah uses the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) as a criterion for licensure recommendations. Please see the ETS link below as well as program handbooks for more information.
Students will complete PPAT during their licensure year as they are completing their licensure year. More information will be given to licensure year students at UITE Orientation that occurs in April prior to beginning your licensure year.
The Foundations of Reading Assessment is a USBE requirement for your licensure recommendation.
Teacher Candidates at the University of Utah are expected to comply with Utah State Board of Education requirements for performance assessment. The University of Utah uses the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) as a criterion for licensure recommendations. Please see the program handbooks for more information.
Students will complete the Foundations of Reading Assessment during the fall of their licensure year. More information will be given to licensure year students at UITE Orientation that occurs in April prior to beginning your licensure year.
Yes. We recommend you complete your license application through UITE and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE); you will then need to contact the state in which you would like to work and be licensed to teach for next steps. Every state is different, we encourage students to contact the state they would like to transfer their license to as soon as you know that will be occurring. This is to ensure that you have all of the information that you need to move forward in the process for that state. The UITE does not have licensing requirements for other states.
Transferred credits depend on your prior institution, for more information about transfer credits see Transferology. You are always welcome to meet with our advisors to discuss your specific situation.
Generally, within 6 weeks of applying for the program. Undergraduate students who apply in the summer will be notified after the admissions committee meets in the fall. All notifications are sent to a students umail account. Please ensure that you are actively checking your umail account for University notifications.