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University of Utah    
  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 General Catalog

Secondary Teacher Licensure

College of Education
Urban Institute for Teacher Education
Sorenson Arts & Education Complex (SAEC) 2260
Secondary Education

The purpose of Secondary Teacher Licensure Program is to prepare junior high, middle school, and high school educators. Competent secondary teaching requires both in-depth knowledge of subject matter and skill in applying educational concepts and principles. Candidates for teacher licensure in secondary education take the required courses in a subject area (i.e., composite teaching major, teaching major, teaching minor - the teaching minor is not required, but is strongly recommended) and licensure courses through the College of Education to acquire pedagogical skills, and knowledge of students, families and urban communities.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, students must complete General Education, Bachelor’s Degree requirements, and Teaching Major requirements in addition to the Secondary Teacher Licensure program requirements. A degree (i.e., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts) is granted through the college of the teaching major.


Teaching licenses are granted by the Utah State Board of Education. The College of Education recommends candidates for a Utah Level I Teaching License grades 6-12, upon successful completion of the program and exit exams. The sixth through twelfth grade license requires a teaching major or composite major, and does not permit teaching in a self-contained elementary class. While not required, a teaching minor is strongly recommended.

ESL Endorsement

The majority of the courses required by the Utah State Education of Education for an ESL endorsement are included in this licensure program. Students wanting to earn the ESL endorsement will have 2 additional course requirements.


Students must maintain contact with multiple advisors during the course of their studies. Each advisor has specialized knowledge and information, and therefore students should meet regularly with the Academic Advising Center, Departmental Advisor, and Secondary Advisor.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Secondary Teacher Licensure program are admitted on a rolling admissions basis. Complete application packets must be received no later than February 1st prior to the anticipated licensure year.  The application consists of:

• Application Form

• Statement of Professional Purpose

• Transcripts

• Completion Plan

• Departmental Major/Minor Sign-off Forms

• Three Letters of Recommendation

• Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test Scores

• Background Check Clearance from the Utah State Board of Education

Background Check for Initial Licensure

In order to participate in any field-based course, including student teaching, students must pass a State and Federal background check (including fingerprinting) through the Utah State Board of Education. Background check clearance expires after three years, and may need to be renewed during the program, in order to be recommended for a teaching license.

Teaching Majors and Minors






Earth Science


Exercise and Sport Science*

















* ESS & Music are K-12 programs, and are offered through the individual departments only

Secondary Teacher Licensure Required Courses

For advising contact the Secondary Education Advisor in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education.

Sorenson Arts & Education Complex (SAEC) 2260


Pre-Licensure Courses

(30 required credit hours)

Licensure Year

(Admission Required, 15 required credit hours)

ESL Endorsement (Optional)

Total Licensure Hours: 45-49 credit hours