To renew or upgrade a Utah Educator License, you will need your Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) ID/license number. If you do not remember it, please log in to your my.uen account at the Utah Education Network (UEN). If you need your login and password reset, contact UEN directly. You may track the status of your application through your CACTUS record.
If an educator has ever been issued a Utah Educator License, and it is in good standing, it is eligible for renewal. All licensing processes are now tracked and communicated electronically through the email associated with the educator's CACTUS record. It is the license holder's responsibility to accurately maintain these records. E-mails can be updated online at Educator Licensing Online.
Effective July 1, 2017, no fees are required for all license-related processes!
A list of definitions pertaining to Licensing.
Active Educators either have a current teaching position in Utah or have taught in Utah for more than half of the school years in the license renewal cycle (Level 1 licenses: 2 of 3 years, Level 2 licenses: 3 of 5 years, or Level 3 licenses: 3 of 7 years). Licenses can be renewed up to six (6) months prior to the expiration date.
Step by Step Active Educator Renewal Instructions
A printable version of the breakdown of the renewal process
Active educators must create a Professional Growth Plan as part of their educator evaluation with their administrative supervisor. The Professional Learning Plan is a component of this overall Professional Growth Plan. For most educators, the administrative supervisor will be the Principal or Vice-Principal responsible for the annual evaluation of the educator. Active educators are required to review and revise the plan with their administrative supervisor annually. Active educators are required to have their current administrative supervisor sign their Professional Learning Plan and the final license renewal form.
For educators who are actively serving as a United States Service Member, the license is considered "frozen" until they are released from active duty. Utah State Board of Education will extend a license for the number of years on active duty with appropriate documentation showing the activation and release dates.
To assist licensed K-12 administrators who are approving a Renewal Form or a Professional Learning Plan for a licensed Utah educator, it is strongly recommended that they read through Utah Office of Administrative Code R277-500: Educator Licensing Renewal, Timelines, and Required Fingerprint Background Checks that governs license renewals. An administrator currently licensed for K-12 schools in another state may sign a Utah license renewal form or a Professional Learning Plan for an individual living outside of Utah.
When reviewing a Utah license renewal form or a Professional Learning Plan, please note that the Utah License Renewal Rules are intended to ensure that Utah license holders continually engage in appropriate professional learning to improve their instructional skills. The Utah State Board of Education anticipates that unique situations will occur and that the licensed administrator may have to exercise their own professional judgment regarding a renewal. When in doubt, please contact the Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing at (801) 538-7740 for clarification.
Licensed administrators in Utah may be requested by educators outside your local education agency (LEA) to provide guidance or approval of renewal activities or a Professional Learning Plan as they work to maintain or renew their Utah Educator License.
For a printable version of the breakdown of the renewal process go to Step by Step License Renewal Instructions.
1. Earning and documenting Professional Learning Points based on license level:
a. Complete an appropriate Renewal Form:
i. Level 1 itemize a minimum of 100 points
ii. Level 2/3 itemize a minimum of 200 points
b. Complete a Student Data Privacy Re-Licensure Course. This online course may take approximately one hour to complete.
c. Youth Suicide Prevention Training:
i. For an Active Educator from Utah: Complete two hours of Youth Suicide Prevention Training within the license cycle through an educator's employing Local Education Agency (LEA).
ii. For an Inactive Educator from Utah: not required to show two hours of Youth Suicide Prevention Training completed within the license cycle; however, this training can be used towards renewal points, and is encouraged by the Utah State Board of Education.
2. Cleared Utah State Board of Education Background Fingerprint Check (after July 1, 2015); go to Educator Licensing Online to begin.
3. Complete a Utah State Board of Education Ethics Review online at Educator Licensing Online.
4. Meet with a Licensed Administrator for signatures and approval of the renewal form.
5. Renew License:
a. Level 1 must mail a completed renewal form to the Utah State Board of Education at the address as on the application.
b. Level 2/3 must renew online at Educator Licensing Online. Choose the appropriate option depending on if your license is current or expired.
Answering "yes" to any of the following conditions, qualifies as an active educator, and must renew through the Active Educator Renewal steps to renew a Utah Educator License:
Inactive Educators do not have a current teaching assignment in Utah and have taught in Utah for less than half of their renewal cycle.
Step by Step Inactive Educator Renewal Instructions
A printable version of the breakdown of the renewal process
It is recommended that inactive educators meet with a K-12 administrator twice. Once at the beginning of the educator's license renewal cycle to review a Professional Learning Plan, and again when they are ready to renew the license. Please note that administrators have many responsibilities and deadlines, and will do their best to accommodate license renewal reviews into their schedule.
Utah State Board of Education Professional Learning Plan Form: Inactive Educator is a tool inactive educators may use to plan how they will earn the required professional learning points to renew their Utah Educator License. It is also a document inactive educators may use to have a specific professional learning activity pre-approved for points by a licensed K-12 administrator. Any currently licensed K-12 administrator can approve a professional learning plan. However, another administrator is not required to honor the pre-approval at the time of renewal if they feel the activity is not appropriate. Administrators are not responsible to create the professional learning plan, but may provide potential resources for professional learning activities. The Professional Learning Plan form is a tool for educator use only, and does not need to be submitted to Utah State Board of Education.
Inactive educators must work with a currently licensed local K-12 administrator to renew their Utah Educator License. The individual approving the license renewal form does not necessarily need to be the same individual that approved the professional learning plan.
For educators who are actively serving as a U.S. service member, the license is considered "frozen" until they are released from active duty. Utah State Board of Education will extend a license for the number of years on active duty with appropriate documentation showing the activation and release dates.
In order to be valid for renewal, professional learning activities must fall into the categories detailed in R277-500: Educator Licensing Renewal, Timelines, and Required Fingerprint Background Checks. This website details those categories and provides additional guidance regarding policy not covered in the rule.
A professional license cycle is determined by the date a license is issued or renewed and ending on June 30th of the license expiration year. A Level 1 license is valid for 3 years, a Level 2 license is valid for 5 years, and a Level 3 license is valid for 7 years.
If you hold a current Utah Educator License, only professional learning activities completed within the current renewal cycle are valid, starting the date the license was renewed.
If you hold an expired Utah Educator License, only professional learning activities completed within the applicable license cycle are valid. Points are counted starting the date the renewal form has been approved going back three, five, or seven years, based on the license level.
A. Licensed educator experience
B. A college/university course
C. Utah State Board of Education professional learning credit
D. Local Education Agency (LEA)-sponsored or approved professional learning activities
E. Acceptable alternative professional learning activities
F. Conferences, workshops, institutes, symposia, or staff-development programs
G. Content and pedagogy testing
H. Utah university sponsored cooperating teachers
I. Service in a leadership role in a professional education organization
J. Educational research and innovation that results in a final, demonstrable product
K. Substituting in a public LEA or accredited private school
L. Paraprofessional or volunteer service in a public LEA or accredited private school
A. Licensed Contracted Educator Experience:
Refer to the chart below to determine the point values based on contracted work hours per school year:
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B. A college/university course:
C. Utah State Board of Education professional learning credit:
D. LEA-sponsored or approved professional learning activities:
E. Acceptable alternative professional learning activities:
F. Conferences, workshops, institutes, symposia, or staff-development programs outside of the LEA:
G. Content and pedagogy testing:
H. Utah-University sponsored cooperating teachers:
I. Service in a leadership role in a national, state-wide, or LEA-recognized professional education organization:
J. Educational research and innovation that results in a final, demonstrable product:
K. Substituting in a Utah public LEA or accredited private school (inactive educators only):
L. Paraprofessional (teacher aid) or volunteer service in a Utah public LEA or accredited private school (inactive educators only):