Endorsements may attach to a license area of concentration. Content endorsements may attach to Elementary Education and Secondary Education. If attached to Elementary Education, the educator is qualified to teach 7th and 8th grade in a middle school. To be eligible for an endorsement area, you must already have a current Utah Educator License, or include form(s) with your Out-of-State (OOS) Application Packet.
All Educator Endorsement Applications should be submitted digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org
All original digital transcripts must be submitted (via Clearinghouse) to email@example.com
To be eligible for an endorsement area, you must already have a current Utah Educator License, or include form(s) with your Out-of-State (OOS) or Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) Application Packet. The endorsement applications are also used to submit for a State Approved Endorsement Plan (SAEP).
The Public Education Job Enhancement Program (PEJEP) will only fund endorsement programs at this time. Mathematics Endorsements Level 3 and Level 4 can be earned through the Utah Mathematics Endorsement Project (UMEP) at Utah State University. Science Endorsements can be earned through the University of Utah. Minimum qualifications include having a secondary teaching license and working in a secondary setting in either Mathematics or Science.
T.H. Bell Incentive Loan Program (TILP)
Currently, earning an endorsement requires educators to complete specific coursework and/or Praxis content exams to meet endorsement requirements. Due to changes in the Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules R277-301-9: Educator Licensing Superintendent Annual Report to the Board, educators will soon have more flexible and personalized pathways to demonstrate competency to earn endorsements.
Beginning July 2021, Utah’s educator endorsements will be designed through the lens of educator competencies that embody the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to teach in a particular area of concentration. Newly designed endorsements pathway options may include university coursework, microcredentials, certification exams, and other available options for demonstrating competency.
Below are the draft competency-based endorsement pathways we anticipate releasing this summer. We are in the feedback and refinement phase so some changes are likely to occur, but this should give educators a good sense of what to expect in the future when it comes to options for earning an endorsement.