The APPEL is an Educator Preparation Program as defined by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Administrative Rules R277-303: Educator Preparation Programs.
APPEL programs are administered by local school districts, charter schools, or the Board, and prepare individuals to meet the requirements for a Utah professional license or license area of concentration. The State of Utah currently has alternative preparation programs that lead to professional license areas in elementary education, secondary education, career and technical education, special education, and preschool special education.
To enroll as a candidate in an APPEL program, an individual needs to be employed in a Utah school district or charter school that has a partnership with an approved APPEL program. Each APPEL program establishes their own criteria for admission and other requirements may apply. Please reach out to the program website or program director for more information.
The APPEL programs in elementary education, secondary education, and CTE are administered by local school districts, charter schools, or consortiums of districts and charter schools.
The APPEL program in special education and preschool special education is administered by USBE.
If you represent a Utah school district or charter school and would like to apply to become an approved APPEL program on behalf of your Local Education Agency (LEA), please visit the Program Approval tab for further information.
APPEL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Consent to Release Educator’s Records
Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Professional License Plan (PLP) Checklist for Elementary and Early Childhood
Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Professional License Plan (PLP) Checklist for Secondary and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Development for Classroom Teachers Mentors
Utah State Board of Education Educator Development
Utah State Board of Education School Leadership
Completed program approval applications should be e-mailed in a PDF format to email@example.com.