Apply for an Educator License

Overview

Fingerprinting, Background Check, and Educator Ethics Review

Most licensing processes require you to complete a background check and an online review of the ethical rules for educators.

Go to the Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing Online to complete the following:

  • Initiate a Utah State Board of Education Background Fingerprint Check
  • Educator Ethics Review

Please see the Educator Records section of this website for more information regarding fingerprinting.

Associate Educator License (AEL)

The AEL is for anyone who wants to become a Utah teacher, but has not completed an educator preparation program (university-based or alternate program). Please be aware that an AEL is a temporary, non-transferable license.

If you hold a Utah Teaching License and wish to add a new license area to your license, please fill out the application on number 6.

1. Initiate a Utah State Board of Education Background Fingerprint Check at Educator Licensing Online.

  • Choose the Initial Licensing option.

2. To obtain a Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) number.

  • Go to my.uen to register for a Utah Education Network (UEN) account at least 24 hours after initiating a background/fingerprint check.
  • Login to your UEN account and go to your personal page.
  • Use the CACTUS tool to retrieve your number.

3. Enroll in Associate Educator License Modules and complete all four Canvas courses. 

If you are currently enrolled in a Utah university program, please complete the Utah Associate Educator License Application: Enrolled in University Program application. Please contact your University Licensing Department to request that the University verify that you are enrolled in their Education Preparation Program. You do not need to do the rest of the steps.

If you are not currently enrolled in a program, please do the following:

4. Submit original transcripts of all colleges/universities you have attended:

5. Content Knowledge Assessment.

6. After you have fulfilled the above steps, complete Utah Associate Educator License Application Google Docs.

The Utah State Board of Education will send an e-mail notification confirming the submission of your application. Please allow for approximately 4-6 weeks to process your application. 

For questions about the AEL process, please contact us at ael@schools.utah.gov.

Out-of-State (OOS)

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.

Out-of-State (OOS) License Application Checklist
Google Docs

Educators with an International License should review the International License Application Checklist.

International License Application Checklist
Google Docs

Please review the OOS Frequently Asked Questions if you need additional clarification.

If you have any questions, please contact the department at outofstate@schools.utah.gov.

Transcripts

Transcripts submitted with an application to the Utah State Board of Education must be original, which can be paper or electronic.

Original (paper) Transcripts

Sealed transcripts in the university envelope are not required, but the documents must be original on the college/university scrip-safe paper. Photocopies or transcripts you have electronically received and printed will not be accepted. Send paper transcripts to:

Utah State Board of Education Licensing
PO Box 144200
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200

Electronic Transcripts

Utah State Board of Education accepts electronic transcripts as long as those are submitted directly from the college/university Clearinghouse (transcript service) to transcripts@schools.utah.gov. Transcripts should be e-mailed before you submit your application, and your application should indicate in which method the transcripts were submitted and from which college/university. If your college/university is not set up to send transcripts through a clearinghouse you will need to mail an original paper transcript with your application packet to Utah State Board of Education.

Educator Tests

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 administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).

Utah State Licensure Test Requirements Draft 2020

Starting August 1, 2021, a pedagogical performance assessment will be required for a Professional Educator License in Utah. The following PPAs are approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

About EDTPA 
edTPA

The PPAT® Assessment from ETS
ETS Performance Assessments

Out-of-State

Out-of-State Testing Equivalency

University Recommends

Utah University Recommendation

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.

Instructions
  1. Contact your Advisor/Education Department to verify that your file is complete.
  2. Verify the university recommendation is posted in Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS).
  3. To view your CACTUS record and obtain your CACTUS number, log into your personal my.uen account a the Utah Education Network (UEN). If you need your login and password reset, contact UEN directly.
  4. Complete a Utah Educator Ethics Review at Educator Licensing Online, within one calendar year of being recommended in CACTUS for a Utah Educator License.
  5. Have a cleared Utah State Board of Education Fingerprint Background Check after July 1, 2015. You may begin a background check at Educator Licensing Online .
  6. Complete the process at Educator Licensing Online for "University Recommendation" to receive a copy of your Educator Licence via e-mail. It can take up to 24 hours for an e-mail to be sent with a copy of your license attached.