Alternative Routes to Licensure
For Elementary, Early Childhood or Special Education Eligibility
All candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with transcripts documenting a minimum of 27 semester credits and a maximum of 38 credits (or 40-60 credits on the quarter system) dispersed among the following elementary education curriculum content areas. All content areas must be represented with at least some credit. When counting credits in each area do not exceed the maximum. No category may be empty and no grade lower than C can be counted (no C- grades).
Alternative Route to Licensure’s Elementary Eligibility requirements help assure that each ARL applicant has the background knowledge which corresponds with the kind of content areas needed to teach elementary students. Elementary teachers must understand the content areas, their conceptual framework, and their structure to help students build a foundation as they proceed through the K-12 education process.
If applying for elementary or early childhood, you must first meet the content eligibility requirements. Use the eligibility worksheet below to complete a transcript evaluation to determine your eligibility. If you meet the eligibility requirements, submit a copy of your eligibility checklist with your application. Incomplete elementary checklists and applications will be returned.
- Up to six (6) semester content credits in science (e.g. biology, chemistry, geology, physics)
- Up to Nine (9) semester content credits in mathematics (e.g. Mathematics 1010 or higher)
- Up to Nine (9) semester content credits in reading/language arts (e.g. composition, literature)
- Up to Nine (9) semester content credits in social studies (e.g. history, government, geography)
- Up to Three (3) semester content credits in fine arts (music, art, drama, dance)
- Up to Two (2) semester content credits in physical education or health.
(See Sample Eligibility Checklist and Eligibility Checklist included in this packet.)
All course eligibility must be taken directly from the specific departments as outlined unless otherwise indicated.
Elementary Eligibility for Mathematics: One of the areas required to become eligible for the Alternative Routes to License Program in Elementary Education, is to have documentation of Intermediate or College Algebra (i.e. Math 1010 or 1050, or BYU Math 110 coursework) or Calculus I. The courses must be from the Math department and must work as preparation for teaching elementary students. Courses such as finance or statistics not taken from the Math Department, may indeed contain math content and skills however, they do not focus on the math content needed for teaching elementary students and will not count towards eligibility. Knowledge in such areas as basic number sense, arithmetic operations, basic geometry (e.g. measurement, symmetry, geometric shapes, congruence, similarity), algebraic manipulation, and modeling are all essential in teaching in an elementary setting. Although Mathematics 1010 is a minimum requirement for earning ARL eligibility, it is still not sufficient mathematics knowledge for teaching. Most university teaching programs currently require 1050 College Algebra as a minimum requirement. Additional math courses beyond Mathematics 1010 are strongly encouraged for ARL participants after they are hired to teach. . Statistics courses (if taken from the Math Dept.) may count for additional math credits once the minimum Intermediate or College Algebra has been met.
Listed below are options available to complete the Intermediate or College Algebra or Calculus I math eligibility requirement:
- SAT/ACT Score: If you have taken the ACT or SAT to get into college and have a math score of 23+ on the ACT or 546+ on the SAT, please submit this official documentation for 3 math credits.
- CLEP: Take the CLEP test entitled “College Algebra” (www.collegeboard.com/clep) to show the competency in math and pass with a score of 50+ for 3 semester math credits.
- Coursework Alternative: Take the university course “Math for Elementary Teachers 1 or 2” or the Elementary mathematics Endorsement Program course “Numbers and Operations” offered in OnTrack for 3 semester credits. University coursework must be from a regionally accredited university or college and show transcripts that have a C grade or higher (not C-) for the course. Please note that these courses only count for eligibility and do not count for the Elementary Math Methods course later required in a teacher’s Professional Growth Plan. The focus of this course is on the mathematics, not on the methods.
- Coursework: Take Intermediate or College Algebra (i.e. Math 1010 or 1050, or BYU Math 110) or Calculus I coursework from a regionally accredited university or college and show transcripts that have a C grade or higher (not C-) for the course.
Hopefully these options will help you as you move towards getting your ARL application approved for Elementary Education.
Elementary Education participant’s take at least 6 General Pedagogy Classes, and 4 Methods courses , and the Praxis testing as part of the licensing process after they are hired. Early childhood participants [kindergarten only] take 6 General Pedagogy Courses, 4 methods courses, and at least 1 additional Kindergarten/Early Childhood course and the Praxis testing. Special Education participants take at least 4 General Pedagogy Courses, 6 Special Education specific courses, and the Praxis testing as part of the licensing process after they are hired. A few subject areas have the option of either Coursework/Testing or a Competency Route (such as ABCTE for Sp. Ed.). Please do not enroll in ABCTE unless you have received an ARL plan with specific options for this because Utah doesn’t accept the ABCTE program otherwise.