Human Resources Supports


Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP)

All educators assigned as public school teachers in Utah are required to be licensed and qualified for their teaching assignment, as defined by the Utah State Legislature's Title 53E-6-201: State Board Licensure. This requirement is no different for a Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP) Local Education Agency (LEA) provider or Certified Online Provider. The specific requirements for a teacher’s assignment are outlined below in the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Administrative Rules R277-309: Appropriate Licensing and Assignment of Teacher.

Each course assignment requires particular license areas of concentration and the appropriate content endorsement. The required content endorsements and license areas of concentration are detailed in Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS).

The USBE monitors all educators with assignments to teach in Utah. If a school district, charter, or SOEP provider (LEA or certified online provider) is found to assign educators who are not licensed and qualified for their teaching assignment, the USBE will withhold funding for those unqualified educators. If it is determined that the violation is intentionally out of compliance, corrective action is taken.

Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL)

The Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) program is an alternative teacher preparation program where an individual may demonstrate all competencies and be recommended for a professional educator license. Any Utah LEA or private accredited school may adopt the model program and be approved to provide the APPEL program. Reference the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Administrative Rules R277-303-5: Educator Preparation Programs - Superintendent Responsibilities.

Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)

2023-2024 Assignment Requirements

2022-2023 Percentages by Full-time Equivalency (FTE) and Qualifications

School Year (SY) 2023-2024 Active Core Codes
Utah State Board of Education Teaching and Learning CACTUS Course Codes and Approval

New School Request Form
Google Docs

Local Education Agency (LEA)-Specific

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 (example: 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 State Board of Education (USBE)  Administrative Rules R277-301-7. LEA-specific Educator License Requirements.

Educator Requirements

  1. Create an account in Utah Schools Information Management System (USIMS). Provide a personal e-mail address. Check your e-mail to retrieve the verification code. Use the verification code to continue setting up your profile, providing Personal Information.
  2. In USIMS, click on Personal Information to retrieve your Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) Identification (ID) Number Your CACTUS ID is your educator identification number.
  3. Complete an Educator Ethics Review Criminal Background Check via USIMS.

LEA Requirements

  1. LEA Adopts Policy for LEA-Specific Licenses
  2. Public Meeting of Governing Body Approving LEA-Specific Licenses
  3. Post Educator Data in CACTUS

Important Update

Reminder that LEA-Specific Licenses cannot be issued for University Recommended licenses. Please inform your educator they will not be granted an LEA-Specific license and simply need to contact their university to complete the university recommended license.

Unlike the past two years, do not submit/e-mail previously-required documents, (spreadsheet and letter of assurances to Superintendent) to USBE. For School Year (SY) 2022-2023, please keep these for your records in case we reach out to your LEA for a USBE monitoring request.

Local Education Agency (LEA)-Specific (LEA-S) License and Endorsement Procedures Updated for SY 2023-2024

Effective August 2021

The following are no longer available for LEA-Specific: Audiologist, Deaf Education, Driver's Education, Preschool Special Education, School Psychologist, School Social Worker (SSW), Special Education (K-12), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), and Speech Language Therapist (SLT).


Eminence Designation Guidelines

  1. Eminence exists as a designation for an educator who has less than 37% of their Full Time Employee (FTE).
  2. Eminence is requested by an LEA and is processed the same as LEA-Specific.
  3. Educator must have a current Utah State Board of Education Educator Ethics Review and cleared Criminal Background Check via USIMS.


Apply for an Educator License

International Guest Teacher (IGT)

If an educator who was an IGT (on a J-1 visa), but will now be on an H1-B visa:

  1. An educator needs to complete the following:
    1. Educator Ethics Review via: USIMS
    2. Educator Background Check via: USIMS; or is in Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Rapback
    3. Professional Educator License Renewal Form with 100 hours
    4. Utah Student Data Privacy Education Course on Canvas
    5. Renewal via: USIMS
  2. Requesting Local Education Agency (LEA) will submit certified copies of educator's original/official transcripts to the Utah State Board of Education via e-mail:
    2. Subject line should read H1-B Request

New and Renewing International Guest Teachers (IGTs) Checklist