Welcome to the Science website for the Utah State Board of Education. On the home page, you will find links to some of the most recent news from our office, and in the subsequent pages, we've placed more details about state science standards, endorsement information, grant applications, and our ongoing projects. Peruse, enjoy, and if you have any questions, please contact us.
The Utah State Board of Education, in January of 1984, established policy requiring the identification of specific core standards to be met by all K-12 students in order to graduate from Utah's secondary schools. The Utah State Board of Education regularly updates the Utah Core Standards, while parents, teachers, and local school boards continue to control the curriculum choices that reflect local values.
Utah State Board of Education Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELAs) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Utah State Board of Education Elementary Language Arts
Included are standards for Science Literacy Instruction in both reading and writing:
The Utah State Board of Education desires that all educators in Utah are fully qualified to teach the courses they are assigned to assure that all students get the best education possible. All secondary science courses (grades 7-12) require specific secondary science endorsements for teachers to be eligible to teach them.
Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Science Endorsement
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing
To fulfill course requirements for secondary science endorsements each course needs to meet the following three requirements:
For some teachers, online courses are the best option to take needed endorsement courses because they allow work to be done on their own time and in the comfort of their own home or classroom.
Utah Science Teachers Association (UtSTA)
The UtSTA offers several online endorsement courses in partnership with the Utah Education Network (UEN) and Southern Utah University. These courses are designed with two things in mind:
The courses are offered in a 12-week, semester setting and require 4-6 hours a week of coursework. These courses are $400 for UtSTA members and that price includes the posting of Southern Utah University credit. Due to the time commitment, teachers are only allowed to sign up for two classes per semester.
Many universities offer online courses that can be taken to fulfill endorsement course requirements. These courses vary from semester to semester and vary in price from university to university. Some universities also require a small payment to become a matriculated student and gain a student identification number. Please be sure to read all university requirements to assure that you are eligible, can meet prerequisite requirements, and can successfully take the course.
Brigham Young University (BYU) Independent Study course offerings:
Utah State University (USU) Online course offerings:
For some teachers, a face-to-face learning experience is preferred because it allows teachers the chance to experience modeled curriculum and experienced teaching. These courses are usually offered in a week-long session over the summer months.
UtSTA partners with local colleges and universities to connect teachers from across the state with experienced teachers in a week-long learning model.
Earth Science Education
Earth Science Education is a set of three week-long courses focusing on Utah Landforms, Rocks and Minerals, and Geologic history. Completion of all three courses will award an educator a 3 credit Earth.
As part of the application for a secondary science endorsement, the Utah State Board of Education asks that all applicants complete a safety certification. There are three options for Safety Certification:
Courses are available to provide professional learning opportunities to teacher that help improve their content knowledge, teaching, and pedagogy. Courses are available from multiple institutions.
Endorsement and Professional Development Courses
Utah Science Teachers Association (UtSTA)
Utah Master Naturalist
Utah State University (USU)
Online Science Course Schedule
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Utah State Board of Education received help from several Local Education Agency (LEA) Science leaders to create the Online Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards Content Courses. The purpose of these courses is to help teachers improve their content understanding of the disciplinary core ideas found in the strands and standards of the new 6th through 8th Grade SEEd Standards. The courses also have a focus of helping teachers to identify and share phenomena with the intent of giving them more ideas to use when teaching the SEEd Standards. Participants that complete all of the course requirements will be awarded 0.5 to 1.0 Utah State Board of Education Credit (depending on the size of the course).
The science education community in partnership with Dr. David Wiley from Brigham Young University (BYU) and funding from a Hewlett Foundation Grant has embarked on a statewide scaling for open education resource development for Science (Grades 3-12).
Building upon previous collaborations with educators in Nebo School district reaching back to 2009, the project reached out to engage educators from across the state on teams to build state textbooks for secondary science courses in 2012 and elementary science courses in 2013. Twenty three districts and 7 charter schools had teacher representation in the writing groups that pulled together the textbook from open education resources such as CK-12 and Thunderbolt Kids. The final textbooks are available in a digital PDF format for free under a creative commons license.
The project will continue with supported implementation efforts for teachers, along with a commitment to continue to update the materials each year using community feedback and data. This will be a continual process that provides a sustainable and cost effective solution to supporting student reference materials that are adaptable to changes in the Utah Core and science content knowledge.
Science OER Textbook Community Feedback
As we continue to refine and improve these documents, we welcome feedback to be considered by the annual review committee.
The Utah OER Science Textbooks have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please be aware that revisions were only made to the Grades 6-8 SEEd Textbooks for the 2019-2020 school year. No changes were made to content of the Grade 3-5 and High School Science Textbooks due to the recent adoption of new SEEd Standards for these grades, to make this as clear as possible to the books the years listed on the cover for these unchanged books will now say 2018-2020.
2019-2020 Utah OER Books
To provide teachers with a formatting version of each textbook, PDF versions of the Printed Books are available for a free download. These files can be used to print the books in-house if Districts and Charters have a better system for printing or they can be loaded on student machines.
2018-2020 School Year Purchases
For another year, we have partnered with BR Printers to offer pre-published printed versions of the textbooks. Their website now has two pages, the main page defaults to the 2018-20 books and there is still a link to access the 2018-19 books from last year if desired. Orders can be made online and paid by credit card or your school/district can set up a Purchase Order. To contact our BR Printers account manager please e-mail Luke O'Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books from BR Printers range from $2.60 to $5.05 depending on the size of the book. Only 2-Day Shipping is available for the BR Printers books and shipping costs, on average, add about an additional $0.75/book for orders more than 100 books.
These textbooks have a glossy color cover, with black and white pages. This keeps the costs low. LEAs, schools, etc. are welcome to print the books through their own printing services using the PDF files above. Utah State Board of Education has worked with BR printers to support easy print ordering, but LEAs are more than welcome to print these resources in house or based on their access and cost.
Editable OER Textbooks
To help teachers adjust these textbooks to fit their instructional needs, the team has created editable OER Textbooks for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade SEEd Texbooks available on Google Docs. With these documents teachers with a Google account can right click the book(s) they are interested in and click on "Make a Copy" which will make an editable copy of the book in their Google Drive. It is the hope the future, updated SEEd books for grades 3-5 and High School will also have these books available for teachers to use.
Important Note: The OER Textbook Project works very hard to ensure that only materials with an open "creative common" license are used. After a copy is made it is the responsibility of the new user that any content, pictures, illustrations, diagrams, etc. added to your books are free of a private copyright license and are solely responsible for consequences regarding breaking regulations with these copyrights.
2017-2019 Utah OER PDF Files
Utah State Board of Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
R277-105-8: Expressions of Personal Belief by Employees
Utah Office of Administrative Rules
Spring 2009 Lecture Series: Evolution and Medicine Podcast
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS)
Evolution: A Journey into Where We're From and Where We're Going.
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads DVD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine
The National Academies Press (NAP):
Tree of Life Web Project
University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
SSECC is voluntary science community that work to discuss the needs of and share information about how to improve science education in Utah. It is made up of representatives from Utah districts and charter schools, Utah institutes of higher education, and Utah informal education organizations.
MIDAS Registration Number: 39831
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Canyons School District Crescent Building
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Quarterly Science Meeting
SSECC SMECC Meeting
PAEMST is the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 Mathematics and Science (including Computer Science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.
Recipients of the award receive the following:
Visit Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for more information.
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Provides information about PAEMST and how to progress from nominee to applicant through the application process. Also, a panel of past awardees shares accounts of their experiences and answers to application questions.
2015: Magdalene (Maggie) Huddleston
2013: Andrew (Drew) Neilson
2011: James (Jim) Larson
2009: Amy Pace
2007: Ty Robinson
2005: Bradford Talbert
2003: Emma Smith
2002: Ken O'Brien
2001: Rosalee Riddle
2000: Curtis Craig
1999: Glen Westbroek
1998: Steven Cox
1997: Sharon Miya
1996: Kathleen Ochsenbein
1995: Barry Bishop
1994: Duane Merrell
1993: Vern Bangerter
1992: Brett D. Moulding
1991: Ronald Cefalo
1990: Thomas (Phil) Talbot
1989: Michael Harris
1988: Dwight Brown
1987: Linda Preston
1986: LaMont Jensen
1985: John Heppler
1984: M. Hunt, Jr.
1983: Carl Bruce
2014: Britney Powell
2012: Julie Hammari
2010: Mathilda (Tillie) Uribe
2008: Vickie Ahlstrom
2006: Antinette Haggerty
2004: Carol Skousen
2002: Ann Houmand
2001: Patti Seeholzer
1999: Sally Ogilvie
1998: Terri Denney
1997: Carrie Jones
1996: Teresa Rountree
1995: Cathy Welch
1994: Darrell Spendlove
1993: Karen Bishop
1992: Susan Fredrickson
1991: Rebecca Olson
1990: Peggy Crandall
Science Teacher E-mail List Registration for Educators
The Utah State Board of Education, in collaboration with the Utah Education Network (UEN), has created an e-mail list for science teachers to learn more about Utah science events and professional development.
Elementary Science Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7547 | E-mail
Secondary Science Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7808 | E-mail
Phone: (801) 538-7665 | E-mail