Student Teacher Stipends

Legislation

In the 2024 General Legislative Session, HB 221 Stipends for Future Educators was passed.  This state funding pays a stipend to Utah university/college students who are completing their student teaching in a Utah public school.  Administrative Rule R277-331 was passed by the Board to govern these stipends.  The stipend is an award of up to $6000 per student teacher.  Stipends may be prorated based on the length of your student teaching experience. There is only one year of funding (2024-25) for the student teacher stipend at this time.  

Who qualifies?

Individuals who meet all of these criteria qualify for the stipend:

  • Must be enrolled in a Utah university/college teacher preparation program
  • Must complete student teaching in a Utah public school
  • Must not be receiving grants or scholarships from the Department of Workforce Services or Grow Your Own grant program
  • Must not be a paid employee of the public school where the student teaching experience is to be completed; may perform sporadic substitute teaching
  • Must start/complete student teaching experience after July 1, 2024

Student Teacher Responsibilities

You must complete the following steps to receive your student teacher stipend:

  • Obtain a letter of enrollment from your Utah university/college stating you are in your student teaching experience. 
  • Apply for the stipend. LINK TO APPLICATION
  • Contact Human Resources office at the school district or charter.
  • Complete paperwork to be a 1099 contractor.

You will receive half of your stipend at the beginning of your student teaching and the balance when you complete your student teaching experience.  The school district or charter school will disperse the funds to you.

University/College Responsibilities

Educator preparation program must provide a letter to the student teacher candidate that contains the information below. The Student Teacher Stipend Information for LEAs and IHEs (PDF) guidance document will detail requirements including the letter template.

  • Name of the student teacher
  • Educator ID Number (CACTUS #)
  • Student teaching assignment (LEA & school)
  • Length of student teaching (e.g., 10 weeks)
  • "Student is enrolled and in good standing in our preparation program seeking a professional license in teaching. Student has completed all preparation coursework except capstone clinical experience and corequisite coursework."

School District/Charter Responsibilities

The Local Education Agency (LEA) must record the student teacher assignment in CACTUS.  The LEA will disperse the funds directly to the student teacher as a 1099 contractor employee.  The Student Teacher Stipend Information for LEAs and IHEs (PDF) guidance document will detail requirements.

Questions?

Please contact the educator licensing team with any questions you may have related to the stipend at licensing@schools.utah.gov or 801-538-7740.