Welcome to Secondary Language Arts


Our mission is to ensure that all students become proficient in various areas of literacy in order to become successful citizens, and to be prepared for college and career pathways.

Utah Core Standards

Utah State Board of Education Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects adopted in June 2013:

Educator Endorsements

Applications Effective July 1, 2021

English Language Arts (ELA) Endorsement

Literacy Specialist K-12 Endorsement

Secondary Literacy Interventionist
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

While Educational Testing Service (ETS) Testing Centers are closed due to COVID-19, Praxis 5038 will be temporarily accepted in lieu of Praxis 5039 to meet the English endorsement requirement. ETS is currently offering Praxis 5038 as a test at home. Please visit the ETS website for more information.

Online Endorsement Courses

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE), in partnership with Southern Utah University (SUU), offers a full slate of English language arts endorsement courses via USBE Instructure designed to provide Utah educators with rigorous course content eligible for higher education credit, while allowing maximum flexibility for participants. For more information, visit the Utah Education Network (UEN) Online Secondary English Language Arts Courses.


Demonstrated Competency for One Course in the English Endorsement


Secondary Literacy Framework

2019 Utah's K-12 Literacy Framework
Utah State Board of Education Elementary Language Arts

Utah's K-12 Literacy Framework translates the research findings into advice and guidance to provide Educators with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to meet the instructional needs of all students in reading, writing, and listening and speaking. The purpose of the framework is to support districts, charters, and schools in evaluating, refining, and monitoring the essential systems, structures, and literacy practices necessary to achieve greater outcomes in the area of literacy for students in elementary grades.

The Elementary Literacy Framework integrates five key elements that support literacy outcomes:

  • Element 1: Instructional Leadership
  • Element 2: Instruction and Intervention
  • Element 3: Assessment and Feedback
  • Element 4: Professional Learning
  • Element 5: Supportive Culture

A Guide for Secondary Educators Supporting Adolescent Readers

Evidence-Based Tiered Programs

Introduction to Journalism Curriculum

UEN Resources for K-12 Education: English Language Arts | Utah Curriculum Resources for Language Arts: Secondary
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Professional Learning

Information coming soon.

Secondary Language Arts Team

Dr. Naomi Watkins
Phone: (801) 538-7616 | E-mail

Brenda McMurtrey
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7891 | E-mail