Welcome to World Languages


The essence of human interaction is language and communication. The world is full of languages. How far do you have to go from your front door to know that this is true? Think about how many more people and places you could really get to know, newspapers and books you could read, movies and TV programs you could understand, websites you could visit with another language!

The world that our students will encounter as adults will be vastly different from the one we know today. The rapid development of telecommunications will make the ability to communicate in more than one language a necessity in a global economy. Therefore it is important to prepare our students for this multilingual environment by ensuring that they are able to function in languages other than English. During the learning process, they will derive the benefits of developing insight into their own language and culture as they learn to communicate with others.

Educator Endorsements

Application Effective July 1, 2021

World Languages Endorsement
World Languages Endorsement Requirement Options
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

Application Retiring June 30, 2023

World Language Endorsement (Retiring)
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

Utah Seal of Biliteracy

The Utah Seal of Biliteracy is marked by the State of Utah Seal of Biliteracy on the student’s diploma or transcript as an award that recognizes and honors high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English. This award is Utah’s version of the Seal of Biliteracy which has been established in 40 states and the District of Columbia to celebrate and promulgate the learning of languages as a crucial 21st century career and workplace skill.

R277-499: Seal of Biliteracy
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Administrative Rules

  • Establishes the authority and purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy for the State of Utah.
  • Refer to:
    • R277-499-2. Definitions.
    • R277-499-3. Procedures for Award of Seal of Biliteracy.


Official Utah Seal of Biliteracy Graphics


Intermediate Mid: Gold Seal of Biliteracy

Student Application for the Utah State Board of Education Seal of Biliteracy

Utah Seal of Biliteracy Acceptable Evidence of Proficiency

World Languages Team

Karl Bowman
Phone: (801) 538-7743 | E-mail

Brenda McMurtrey
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7891 | E-mail