Most licensing processes require you to complete a background check and an online review of the ethical rules for educators.
Go to the Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing Online to complete the following:
Please refer to the Educator Records section of this website for more information regarding fingerprinting.
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.
If you hold a Utah Teaching License and wish to add a new license area to your license, please fill out the application on number 6.
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.
If you are currently enrolled in a Utah university program, please complete the Utah Associate Educator License Application: Enrolled in University Program application. Please contact your University Licensing Department to request that the University verify that you are enrolled in their Education Preparation Program. You do not need to do the rest of the steps.
If you are not currently enrolled in a program, please do the following:
3. Enroll in Associate Educator License Modules and complete all four Canvas courses.
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 Google Docs.
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.
Next Steps: Per Utah State Code, you can seek out a teaching position now while we process your AEL Application. If you are not enrolled in a University-Based Program, then you’ll need to gain employment with a Local Education Agency (LEA) that is an Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Provider:
For questions about the AEL process, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you have a standard renewable educator license from another state or country 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.
Note: Educators coming from out of the country with a different language spoken, the university degree in a foreign speaking country only counts for the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Educators (candidates) still need to take the Praxis, unless your degree major was the actual language (Chinese, Spanish, etc.)."
If you have any questions, please contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transcripts submitted with an application to the Utah State Board of Education must be original, which can be paper or electronic.
Sealed transcripts in the university envelope are not required, but the documents must be original on the college/university scrip-safe paper. Photocopies or transcripts you have electronically received and printed will not be accepted. Send paper transcripts to:
Utah State Board of Education
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
Please include a self-addressed envelope if you would like the transcript(s) returned by mail. No postage necessary.
Utah State Board of Education accepts electronic transcripts as long as those are submitted directly from the college/university Clearinghouse (transcript service) to email@example.com. Transcripts should be e-mailed before you submit your application, and your application should indicate in which method the transcripts were submitted and from which college/university. If your college/university is not set up to send transcripts through a clearinghouse you will need to mail an original paper transcript with your application packet to Utah State Board of Education.
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 administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
Starting August 1, 2021, a pedagogical performance assessment will be required for a Professional Educator License in Utah. The following PPAs are approved by the Utah State Board of Education.
The PPAT® Assessment from ETS
ETS Performance Assessments
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.