The AEL is for anyone who wants to become a Utah teacher, but has not completed an educator preparation program (university-based or alternate program).
Please be aware that an AEL is a temporary, non-transferable license.
1. Initiate a Utah State Board of Education Background Fingerprint Check at Educator Licensing Online
2. To obtain a Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) number:
3. Enroll in Associate Educator License Modules and complete all four Canvas courses.
If you are currently enrolled in a Utah university program please complete this application:
If you are not currently enrolled in a program, please follow these instructions:
4. Submit original transcripts of all colleges/universities you have attended.
5. Content Knowledge Assessment:
6. After you have fulfilled the above steps, complete the Utah Associate Educator License Application.
The Utah State Board of Education will send an e-mail notification confirming the submission of your application. Please allow for approximately 4-6 weeks to process your application.
For questions about the AEL process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The window for accepting APT applications closed November 1, 2019. APT applications will no longer be accepted. Currently employed APT participants will continue with their local education agency (LEA) APT training until the three academic years expire.
The Utah State Board of Education is revising some licensing processes that discontinues the APT Program. Refer to the Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-303: Educator Preparation Programs that takes effect July 1, 2020 for details. Please review the APT Frequently Asked Questions for additional clarification.
The window for new ARL applications closed November 1, 2019.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is revising some licensing processes that impact the ARL Program. These changes will impact the ARL Program. For more information regarding the new system, please refer to the Utah Office of Administrative Rule R277-303: Educator Preparation Programs. The licensing revisions take effect July 1, 2020. Resources regarding the new system for individuals seeking to become a licensed teacher in Utah are currently being developed. Please check the Educator Licensing website later for more information.
Current ARL candidates who have received their results letter with at least one content-eligible area have until December 31, 2019 to:
Current ARL participants employed with an ARL Professional Growth Plan (PGP) will continue in ARL until their PGP's three academic years expire. If the ARL participant has not completed the PGP and it has not expired on or after July 1, 2020, ARL participants may choose to switch to their district-hosted Educator Preparation Program or to finish their PGP through ARL.
If you have a standard renewable license from another country and would like to apply for a Utah Educator License, please read the following step by step instructions to prepare your international-credentialed application packet for submission to the Utah State Board of Education for review. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional clarification.
An LEA-Specific educator license, including areas of concentration and endorsements, is issued by the state board at the request of an LEA’s governing body (i.e.-local school board) that is valid for an employee to fill a position in the LEA if other licensing routes for the applicant are untenable or unreasonable. The LEA governing board agrees to provide the documentation and support outlined in the Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-301-7: LEA-specific Educator License Requirements.
The Utah State Board of Education requires each applicant who applies for a Utah Educator License to pass an appropriate content knowledge test for the area they are seeking. Unless otherwise noted, all tests are PRAXIS tests administrated by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
If you have a standard renewable educator license from another state and would like to apply for a Utah Educator License, please read the following step by step instructions to prepare your OOS application packet for submission to Utah State Board of Education for review. Please use the OOS Licence Application Checklist to prepare and submit your application. Please review the OOS Frequently Asked Questions if you need additional clarification.
The information below is for individuals who have completed an education preparation degree program through a Utah college/university and are ready to apply for a Utah Educator License, please read the following step-by-step instructions to obtain your standard Utah Educator License.