The state of Utah has a lot to offer for aspiring teachers or teachers wishing to advance their teaching credentials. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are about a dozen teaching colleges in Utah where students can obtain the education they need to become licensed teachers in Utah.
Utah has three levels for licensure of teachers working in Utah schools. To obtain a Level I license, the individual must complete a teacher preparation program or have a bachelor's degree in teaching.
For the Level II license, the individual must have a recommendation from the school district and must satisfy all EYE (Entry Years Enhancement) requirements, which include having three year's teaching experience. For the Level III license, the teacher must have a Level II license and be nationally board certified.
Although Dixie State University does not offer online teaching degree programs, they do offer many online courses to help teaching students earn required credits. Southern Utah University offers an online education master degree program as well as several online education courses. Various online teaching programs are also offered through Western Governors University.
Brigham Young University – Provo has a Teaching English Language Learners Program that offers minors in dual-language immersion K-12 teaching and TESOL K-12. Dixie State University offers various secondary education licensure programs in areas like biology, biology with integrated science, art, English, mathematics education, music education, social science, physical science and theater education.
Southern Utah University offers endorsement programs in mathematics, English as a second language, library science, educational technology, reading, science, and gifted and talented. These endorsements can be included in SUU’s M.Ed. degree program. Several elementary and secondary education licensure programs are available at the University of Utah.
Students looking for teaching programs for initial licensure as Utah teachers may find exactly what they need at Brigham Young University – Provo. BYU offers bachelor degree programs in elementary education, early childhood education and secondary education. These programs also offer a large selection of minors, including art, French, history, dance, mathematics, music and theater arts, to name just a few. They also offer a bachelor degree program in physical education teaching/coaching with a minor in coaching and teaching physical education.
Dixie State University offers a bachelor degree in elementary program and a secondary education teaching licensure program. Both programs also offer minors in biology education, chemistry education, English education and mathematics education. The interdisciplinary arts and science department at DSU also offer bachelor degree programs in integrated studies and individualized studies. The integrated studies program offers more than 20 areas of emphasis.
Southern Utah University offers 4-year undergraduate degrees in special education, secondary education, interdisciplinary studies, physical education, elementary early childhood education, and elementary education with majors in English as a second language, art, K-8 math, and science. Bachelor degree teaching programs are also offered at the University of Utah.
Brigham Young University has a Master of Teaching (M.A.T.) program with specializations in teacher education, literacy education, integrated STEM education, and PETE (physical education teacher education). This 2-year program, consisting of evening and summer classes, includes theory-based courses and practical experiences.
Southern Utah University offers a 36-credit hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. In addition to submitting a thesis, students complete core and elective courses such as curriculum & philosophical foundations; 21st century research and data; information and technology in education; applied behavior analysis and management; teaching ESL learners; and multicultural education.
Students with a Level II Utah license can also enroll in the M.Ed. Administrative Licensure program at SUU. The University of Utah and Utah State University both offer a few different master degree education programs offering either licensure or non-licensure options.