Level 1 License Renewal Steps
Level 1 license holders must earn at least 100 renewal points in order to renew their license. However, Level 1 licenses may only be renewed if the individual has less than 3 years of experience in Utah public or accredited private schools. If the individual has this experience, he must upgrade to a Level 2 license by meeting the Entry Years Enhancement (EYE) requirements. If you are unsure as to whether you can renew your Level 1 license, please call our general licensing help number at (801) 538-7740.
Additionally, Utah Code 53A-1-603 requires that licensed educators currently employed by a district or charter school must include at least two (2) hours of suicide prevention training as part of their license renewal activities. This training is required to be provided by your district or charter school; contact your principal, HR director, or Charter director for more information.
Step 1 - Planning Ahead
The first step in renewing your license is creating your Professional Learning Plan. This is a new requirement for renewal as of July 1, 2012. It is anticipated that current license holders may have already completed sufficient activities to renew their license. It is appropriate that such individuals may have a “plan” that simply details activities that have already been completed. These individuals will be able to start fresh with a new Professional Learning Plan after they renew their current license.
In order to be valid for renewal, your plan must have sufficient professional learning activities to provide the required number of renewal points for your license level.
Acceptable Renewal Activities
Step 2 - Gathering Documentation
Once you have completed your Professional Learning Plan and are ready to renew your license you will need to download the appropriate license renewal form:
Level 1 License Renewal Form
Fill out the form and be sure to list all completed professional learning activities. Then print the form and have it signed by a licensed administrator.
If you are an active educator the form must be signed by your administrative supervisor. For most educators this will be the Principal or Vice-Principal responsible for the annual evaluation of the educator. If your direct supervisor is not a licensed Utah administrator you will need to go to the next highest level of supervisor until you reach a licensed Utah administrator.
If you are an inactive educator the form may be signed by any licensed administrator; which includes individuals licensed as an education administrator in another state if you live outside of the state of Utah.
Step 3 - Background Check and Ethics Review
Utah State Board of Education rule requires that educators complete the educator ethics review and a new background check within one calendar year of the day on which they renew their license. This means that if you complete a background check and ethics review through the Utah State Office of Education on April 1, 2012 then this would meet this requirement as long as you complete the renewal before April 1, 2013.
Both of these processes can be initiated online at utah.gov/teachers. The background check requires a fee that is separate from the fee you will pay to renew your license. There is no fee associated with the educator ethics review.
Background Check Process - Details
If your Utah educator license is current, the system will only allow you to access these processes after July 1 of the school year after which your license expires. For example, if your license expires on June 30, 2014 the system will allow you to initiate your background check after July 1, 2013.
Remember, once you complete the background check and ethics review, they are valid for renewal for 1 calendar year. The background check process can take some time depending on the current number of requests. If you are certain that you will be able to renew your license, we would encourage you to initiate that background check as early as possible.
Step 4 - Renewing your License
Level 1 license renewals are not processed online. Once you have completed all of the above steps and have received notification that your background check has cleared, you will need to mail the following to the Utah State Office of Education:
Remember the licensing fee is different depending on if you are an Active or Inactive Educator;
Mail all required documents to:
Teaching and Learning - Licensing
Attn: Brandie Schulz
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
Step 5 - Professional Learning Plan
There really isn’t a Step 5, but as soon as you have renewed your license it is time to start thinking about the next time you’ll renew your license. This is when you should start over with Step 1 and get the Professional Learning Plan outlined. Plan ahead!