Due to the Board's redesign of the licensing system in Utah, the APT option is being discontinued. Utah State Board of Education will no longer accept application after Sept. 1, 2019; therefore, to receive a Level 1 - APT license you must pass the appropriate content knowledge assessment, receive your official score, and apply prior to Sept. 1.
APT is an alternative pathway to a Utah Educator License approved by the Utah State Board of Education in June 2016. It is governed by Utah Administrative Rule R277-511. It allows an individual who has a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited university to pass an appropriate Board-approved content knowledge test to apply for and receive a Level 1-APT License with an Elementary (Grades K-6) or Secondary (Grades 6-12) area of concentration with one subject area endorsement.
This license is valid for three school years and if the individual is not hired in a teaching position in Utah, may be renewed using the standard Active/Inactive Renewals.
These steps must all be completed prior to submission of the APT application. Please check the Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional clarification.
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
Utah's ARL program is a pathway for individuals without a background in education to become licensed Utah Educators. The program is also a pathway for current Utah educators to add new areas of concentration to their existing license.
Participants in ARL complete the requirements for licensure (i.e. pedagogy and methods coursework, testing, etc.) at the same time they are teaching in their desired license area in an accredited Utah School.
The basic ARL steps are:
Individuals who can provide documentation of required content knowledge in a subject area taught in schools can apply to ARL.
The Utah State Board of Education is revising some licensing processes that impact the ARL Program. Refer to the Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-303: Educator Preparation Programs that takes effect on July 1, 2020 for more details.
New ARL applications can be accepted only if a school Principal or Human Resources representative first contacts ARL directly on the applicant’s behalf indicating that the applicant is hired, and the teaching assignment is posted in CACTUS. Then the applicant must submit the ARL application before November 30, 2019 and be content-eligible to use ARL to earn licensure.
Current ARL candidates who have received their results letter with at least one content-eligible area have until December 31, 2019 to:
Current ARL participants employed with an ARL Professional Growth Plan (PGP) will continue in ARL until their PGP's three academic years expire. If the ARL participant has not completed the PGP and it has not expired on or after July 1, 2020, ARL participants may choose to switch to their district-hosted Educator Preparation Program or to finish their PGP through ARL.
1. Background check:
2. Application forms:
3. Provide Transcripts and Required Documentation
Mail application, forms, paper transcripts, documentation, and industry certifications as one packet to:
Utah State Board of Education - ARL
250 East 500 South
PO BOX 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
There is No Fee for this application
New applications take approximately 6 weeks to process and are active for 18 months.
General e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensing questions: (801) 538-7740
Phone: (801) 538-7532 | E-mail
Phone: (801) 538-7695 | E-mail
Phone: (801) 538-7834 | E-mail
ARL Program Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7858 | E-mail
ARL Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7602 | E-mail
If you have a standard renewable license from another country and would like to apply for a Utah Educator License, please read the following step by step instructions to prepare your international-credentialed application packet for submission to the Utah State Board of Education for review.
A LEA may apply to the Utah State Board of Education for a LEA-Specific Level 1 Competency-based license for an applicant to fill a position in the LEA if other licensing routes for the applicant are untenable or unreasonable.
The Utah State Board of Education requires each applicant who applies for a Utah Educator License to pass an appropriate content knowledge test for the area they are seeking. Unless otherwise noted, all tests are PRAXIS tests administrated by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
If you have a standard renewable educator license from another state and would like to apply for a Utah Educator License, please read the following step by step instructions to prepare your OOS application packet for submission to Utah State Board of Education for review. Please use the OOS Licence Application Checklist to prepare and submit your application. Please review the OOS Frequently Asked Questions if you need additional clarification.
The information below is for individuals who have completed an education preparation degree program through a Utah college/university and are ready to apply for a Utah Educator License, please read the following step-by-step instructions to obtain your standard Utah Educator License.