Licensure Recommendation Help FAQs

  • Go to
  • Select “Background Check” application and follow the prompts.
  • Select “Initial Licensure” and “Live Scan” method for the fingerprinting process.
  • Your forms will be emailed to you. Print this form and take it with you to BCIBureau of Criminal Identification 3888 West 5400 South, Taylorsville, Utah 84118, 801-965-4445. Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm. Your results will not be sent to USBE if you do not take this form with you to BCI. If this occurs you may need to begin the process again and repay any associated fees.
  • A fee $15 must be paid at BCI to complete your fingerprinting.
  • Your Background check is good for five years.
  • Background check status will be recorded by the UITE at the University of Utah and instructors in future field-based classes will be made aware of your clearance status so that you do not have to complete the check more than once within a five year period.
  • IMPORTANT: You only have 60 days from the time you log into the USBE system to take your form to the BCI site and get your prints taken. If you do not complete the process within the 60 day time limit, you will be taken out of the USBE system and will have to repay both fees.
  • If a student does not pass the background check, they cannot complete the field requirements of field practicum courses.

More Information can be found here.

Permission codes can be found at the following link:

Background Check & Permission Codes 

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.

Every student, when they begin the USBE Background Check process, automatically creates a CACTUS account. To access yours, please create your UEN account.

The UITE does not update the information in this database. You are asked to supply a screenshot of your Application Status page when you request permission codes for field practicum EDU courses to help verify your USBE background check.

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.

Schedule an appointment

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

Elementary Schedule Secondary Schedule


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.


Paid Internships with the Granite School District in Salt Lake City 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
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Demonstrated Record of work with youth
  • U of U Interview
  • Granite 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 2022-2023 all of your pre-licensure coursework must be complete by the end of spring 2022.
Internship Description

Elementary Interns will complete 6 credit hours of coursework during the summer semester. Courses include the following:

EDU 5360: Math Methods (3)

EDU 5380: Social Studies Methods (3)

Based on successful completion of this coursework, each intern will begin her/his employment with Granite 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:

EDU 5310: Classroom Management (3)

EDU 5390: Field Practicum (3)

During spring semester, interns will again attend one night of class and must complete 12 credit hours that consist of:

EDU 5391: Professional Development Seminar (3)

EDU 5395: Student Teaching (9)

Throughout the year-long internship, Interns will have the support of both a school-based and university supervisor.


The internship option is not currently available for secondary education students.

To apply for scholarships please apply below by MARCH 1, 2022:


We encourage students to use the Teacher Education Workshop Series: Scholarship Workshop to help them navigate the Scholarship process.

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.

The PRAXIS test series is a set of validated assessments that provides information for use by state education agencies in making licensing decisions. PRAXIS exams are required in Utah, and in most other states, for teacher licensure. Each state selects its own tests within the PRAXIS series and sets its own minimum score requirements for specific licensure endorsements. An updated list of the tests for which Utah has set a minimum score is provided on the ETS Website. ETS website

We recommend that you complete the ETS practice Praxis exam at the ETS Website.

ETS website

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.

ETS PPAT Website

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 that 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.

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.

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.