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Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT)

APT is an alternative pathway to a Utah Educator License approved by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) in June 2016. It is governed by Utah Administrative Rule R277-511. 

It allows an individual who has a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited university to pass the appropriate Board-approved content knowledge test to apply for and receive a Level 1 APT License with an Elementary (Grades K-6) or Secondary (Grades 6-12) area of concentration.

This license is valid for three school years and if the individual is not hired in a teaching position in Utah may be renewed using the standard Level 1 renewal steps.

A Utah public school district or charter school (local education agency (LEA)) that chooses to hire an individual holding this type of license must assign a teacher leader as the individual’s mentor, prepare a mentoring plan for each Level 1 APT license holder, and must prepare the individual to meet the Utah Effective Teaching Standards. Once hired, the individual must complete the Entry Years Enhancements (EYE) program to be eligible for upgrade to a standard Level 2 Utah Educator license.

In addition to the EYE requirements, the individual must complete three years of full-time teaching or four years of at least 0.4 Full Time Employment (FTE) of teaching under the supervision of the teacher leader mentor, any additional requirements of the recommending LEA, and receive the recommendation of the LEA administrator.

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