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Endorsements and Early Childhood Education (ECE) License Area

World Language

A specific language endorsement is required to teach any world language course in Utah public schools grades 1-12.

Minimum Requirements

University - Complete an approved Utah institution of higher education program for a world language, including a current speaking proficiency rating.

Or

Demonstrated Competency - Licensed teachers who have acquired world language skills through university credit or means other than university credit can earn a world language endorsement by successfully completing the three areas below:

To apply for a world language endorsement under demonstrated competency, you must already have a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 License with an Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education Area of Concentration.

World Language Endorsement Application (see form for passing scores)

  • Content: Praxis II test where required or university course work and ACTFL WPT
  • Methods of teaching a world language course or equivalent
  • A speaking proficiency rating within the last 3 years

A minimum current speaking proficiency rating of advanced-low for all languages. Instructors of indigenous languages (e.g. Navaho and Ute) must meet the tribal council requirements for speaking proficiency. The Utah State Office of Education has approved for the speaking proficiency rating either the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral proficiency interview (OPI) or the Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) language proficiency certification. Please see links below for more information.

Candidates who are currently assigned to teach a world language and have at least nine semester hours of applicable credit (3000 or above) qualify for a State-Approved Endorsement Program (SAEP) which enables them to teach while completing endorsement requirements. The initial SAEP authorization expires on September 30 of the second full year of authorization. With documentation of sufficient progress, the eligibility may be renewed for one or two more years. While in the SAEP, the teacher meets state requirements for professional staff cost (WPU) but not NCLB “Highly Qualified” definition.

  • The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has tests in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. 
  • The Japanese Language Foundation provides a Japanese Proficiency Test.
  • The Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) provides an language proficiency certification rating for most languages taught in Utah schools.
  • The Language Testing International (LTI) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) provides an oral proficiency interview rating for 48 languages.

Complete the following:

1. World Language Endorsement Application

2. On the endorsement form, mark the boxes with an "X" to indicate that the minimum requirement in each area has been met.

3. Attach your original transcript(s), and highlight corresponding classes.

For more information, please contact gregg [dot] roberts [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Gregg Roberts), World Language Specialist, at (801) 538-7743.

Send the highlighted transcript, $25 processing fee or $35 for the State Approved Endorsement Program fee, and completed application to:

Utah State Office of Education
Teaching and Learning - Endorsements
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200