Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL)

Elementary 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).

ARL’s Elementary or Special Education Eligibility requirements help assure that each ARL applicant has the background knowledge which corresponds with the kind of content areas needed to teach elementary or Special Education students. Elementary and Special Education 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 Special Education you must first meet the content eligibility requirements. Use the eligibility worksheet below to complete a transcript evaluation to determine your eligibility. Submit your eligibility checklist with your application for review. Incomplete elementary checklists and applications will be returned.

All course eligibility must be taken directly from the specific departments as outlined unless otherwise indicated.

Elementary or Special Education Mathematics Prerequisite
To become eligible for the ARL Program in Elementary Education you must have documentation of Intermediate Algebra (changing to Math 1030, Quantitative Reasoning on July 1st, 2016) or Calculus I. Effective July 1, 2016, Intermediate Algebra will no longer be accepted for eligibility. The minimum Math course requirement must be Math 1030, Quantitative Analysis or higher. The courses must be from the Mathematics department and must work as preparation for teaching elementary students. Courses such as finance or statistics not taken from the Mathematics 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, and similarity), algebraic manipulation, and modeling are all essential in teaching in an elementary setting. Although Mathematics 1010 (Mathematics 1030 after July 1st, 2016) 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 (Mathematics 1030 after July 1st, 2016) 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 requirement has been met. 

Listed below are options available to complete the College Algebra or Calculus I math eligibility requirement:

  1. 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.
  2. CLEP: Take the CLEP test entitled “College Algebra” ( to show the competency in math and pass with a score of 50+ for 3 semester math credits.
  3. (Effective July 1st, 2016) PRAXIS Test: Take the Mathematics Praxis subtest (5003) of the Elementary Education Multiple Subject (5001) test to show competency in math and pass at or above Utah’s current cut score for 3 semester math credits.
  4. Coursework Alternative: Take the university course “Math for Elementary Teachers 1 and 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.
  5. Coursework: Take Quantitative Reasoning or College Algebra (i.e. Math 1030 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.

Special Education Math Eligibility
If you would like to be eligible to earn the Special Education Mathematics endorsement through ARL while teaching Special Education Math classes in Grades 7-12, you must have completed all course requirements for the Mathematics-Special Education endorsement found on the Endorsements section of the Licensing website.
Hopefully these options will help you as you move towards getting your ARL application approved for Elementary or Special Education.