Educator Endorsements

Overview

Endorsements may attach to a license area of concentration. Content endorsements may attach to Elementary Education and Secondary Education. If attached to Elementary Education, the educator is qualified to teach 7th and 8th grade in a middle school. To be eligible for an endorsement area, you must already have a current Utah Educator License, or include form(s) with your Out-of-State (OOS) Application Packet.

All Educator Endorsement Applications should be submitted digitally to licensing@schools.utah.gov

All original digital transcripts must be submitted (via Clearinghouse) to transcripts@schools.utah.gov

Former State Approved Endorsement Plan (SAEP)

An SAEP is a way to allow an educator to earn an endorsement while teaching in the area. To be eligible for an SAEP, an educator must meet the following criteria before submitting an Endorsement application.

  • Have a current standard Utah Educator License.
  • Document completion of at least nine (9) credits towards completion of the endorsement from an original university transcript.
  • Assignment posted in Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) for appropriate endorsement area by employing Local Education Agency (LEA).
  • Submit the appropriate Endorsement application and transcripts, please indicate it is for an SAEP.
  • You will be awarded an Associate Endorsement upon approval.
  • You will have three years to complete the requirements for a Professional Endorsement.

Applications

Endorsement Applications

To be eligible for an endorsement area, you must already have a current Utah Educator License, or include form(s) with your Out-of-State (OOS) or Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) Application Packet. The endorsement applications are also used to submit for a State Approved Endorsement Plan (SAEP).

Adult Education
American Sign Language (ASL)
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Driver Education
Dual Language Immersion (DLM)
Education Instructional Coaching
Educational Technology
English as a Second Language
English/Language Arts
Fine Arts
Gifted and Talented
Health Education
Library Media
Mathematics
Military
Physical Education
Reading
Science
Social Studies
Special Education
World Languages

Grants and Scholarships

The Public Education Job Enhancement Program (PEJEP) will only fund endorsement programs at this time. Mathematics Endorsements Level 3 and Level 4 can be earned through the Utah Mathematics Endorsement Project (UMEP) at Utah State University. Science Endorsements can be earned through the University of Utah. Minimum qualifications include having a secondary teaching license and working in a secondary setting in either Mathematics or Science.  

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Endorsement Incentive Program Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Google Docs.

T.H. Bell Incentive Loan Program (TILP)

Competency-Based Pathways

Currently, earning an endorsement requires educators to complete specific coursework and/or Praxis content exams to meet endorsement requirements. Due to changes in the Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules R277-301-9: Educator Licensing Superintendent Annual Report to the Board, educators will soon have more flexible and personalized pathways to demonstrate competency to earn endorsements.

Beginning July 2021, Utah’s educator endorsements will be designed through the lens of educator competencies that embody the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to teach in a particular area of concentration. Newly designed endorsements pathway options may include university coursework, microcredentials, certification exams, and other available options for demonstrating competency.

Below are the draft competency-based endorsement pathways we anticipate releasing this summer. We are in the feedback and refinement phase so some changes are likely to occur, but this should give educators a good sense of what to expect in the future when it comes to options for earning an endorsement.

Competency-Based Endorsements Flyer

Draft Google Docs

Application for the Utah State Board of Education American Sign Language Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Anthropology Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Driver Education Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Dual Language Immersion Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Economics Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Education Technology Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Dance Specialist Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Drama Specialist Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Mathematics Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Music Specialist Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Science Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Elementary Visual Art Specialist Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education English Language Arts

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Geography Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Health Education Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education History Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Instructional Coaching Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education K-12 Library Media Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education K-12 Literacy Specialist Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Middle School Mathematics Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Physical Education Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Political Science Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Psychology Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Biology I Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Biology II Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Chemistry I Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Chemistry II Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Dance Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Earth Science I Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Earth Science II Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Film and Media Arts Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Literacy Interventionist

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Mathematics Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Music Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Physics I Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Physics II Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Science Core (6-8) Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Theatre Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Secondary Visual Art Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Social/Ballroom Dance Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Social Studies Composite Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Sociology Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Special Education Mathematics Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education Utah Studies Endorsement

Application for the Utah State Board of Education World Languages Endorsement