Alternative Routes to Licensure

For Secondary Eligibility

All candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
and either:

  1. Have a major directly related to a subject that is taught in Utah secondary schools or
  2. Have met all the content coursework and testing requirements (except “Methods of Teaching”) for the endorsement they want to earn prior to being eligible for the ARL program.

For Example
To qualify to be hired to teach English, applicants must have a degree major in English or have completed all the content coursework and testing requirements for the English endorsement (except “Methods of Teaching”) prior to being eligible for the ARL program.To be hired to teach art, participants must have a degree major in art, etc.  Secondary Education applicants who do not have a directly related major in the areas they wish to be eligible for, must include a completed “endorsement” checklist for each area they are wish to be considered for. No additional endorsement review fees are needed with this ARL application.

Endorsement Information

Career Technology Education (CTE) Endorsement Information

The following Subject Area Endorsements are available in the ARL program: American Sign Language, Career and Technical Education (e.g. Business, Health Science, Marketing, Skills & Technical, etc.), Dance (Elementary, Secondary), Educational Technology, English, ESL, Film (Secondary), English, Health, Journalism, Library Media, Mathematics (Elementary, Secondary), Music (Elementary, Secondary), Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Speech, Stage Craft Theatre, Theatre (Elementary, Secondary), Visual Arts (Elementary, Secondary), World Languages.

The following Subject Endorsement Areas are not available in the ARL program: Distance Learning, Driver’s Education, ESL, Gifted and Talented, Reading, Social Dance, Social Studies subcategories (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Psychology). To apply for these endorsements, you must already have a Level 1 or Level 2 License with an Elementary or Secondary Area of Concentration. 

Individuals with degrees in the following areas should contact the corresponding specialist in the Career Technology Education program for information:


Buddy Deimler

(801) 538-7856


Laura DeShazo

(801) 538-7572


Darrell Andelin

(801) 538-7598

Family and Consumer Science

Pearl Hart

(801) 538-7890

Health Science, Medical, Dental

Tara Bell

(801) 538-7843


Dale Stephens

(801) 538-7867


Carl Lyman

(801) 538-7946

Trades and Industry

Dave Milliken

(801) 538-7855


For Secondary Mathematics Applicants Only
Support and Mentoring in an Alternative Route to Teaching (SMART) 
Is a program for qualified individuals in Mathematics and is coordinated through Utah State and University of Utah. The goal of the SMART program is to help Utah school districts increase the number of quality mathematics teachers. The SMART program selects candidates on the basis of their strength, knowledge, and interest in mathematics. Participants accepted into the SMART program receive financial assistance and mentoring along with course work leading toward licensure. The focus is on professionals in mathematics-based occupations who wish to transition into teaching. Participants earn licensure through a university program. 

All Secondary Education participant’s take at least 6 General Pedagogy Classes, 1 or 2 Methods courses , Praxis testing, and any additional Content Courses as needed, as part of the licensing process after they are hired. A few subject areas have the option of either Coursework/Testing or a Competency Route, however please do not enroll in ABCTE unless you have received an ARL plan with specific options for this because Utah doesn’t accept the ABCTE program otherwise. 

Gain Employment
Find full time or half time employment in a Utah school district, charter school, or accredited private or parochial school after applying to Alternative Routes to Licensure and receiving eligibility letters.

Utah has a general shortage of licensed teachers in the following areas: Mathematics, Science, Special Education, Chinese, and Elementary Education Dual Immersion. Utah does not have a serious shortage of licensed teachers in the following areas: Social Studies (History, Geography, Political Science) Physical Education, Health.