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Utah Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 13 schools)

UT Dept of Education:
http://www.schools.utah.gov/
Teacher Certification in UT:
Utah Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Utah. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Utah, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.

Overview

The state of Utah has long been known for its industrious workforce, its focus on community, and its grasp of how society must work together to improve the quality of life for everyone. This carries through to the field of education. A recent survey indicated that Utah residents are comfortable with spending more tax money on education, provided that the money is used efficiently. This has led to a new goal in the state: making Utah one of the top 10 states in education. Reaching this goal will require a strong workforce of teachers.

Discover how you can become part of it by reaching out to teaching programs in Utah.

Teacher Education in Utah

In Utah, the field of education is overseen by the Utah State Board of Education, so you will need to meet their standards and expectations throughout your training and your career. In addition, the Utah State Board of Education funds several different financial aid programs for teachers. Options include the Public Education Job Enhancement Program and the Teaching Incentive Loan.

The financial aid opportunities that are available to you may depend on which type of degree you are earning. Alternative certification programs often come with funding assistance, since they aim to increase the amount of teachers in areas with severe shortages. Otherwise, you may need to look for undergraduate scholarships to earn a Bachelor's degree or graduate scholarships to earn a Master's degree.

As you earn your degree, you may get background in different subjects, teaching challenges, responsibilities, and ethics. Some of the classes that may be included in your curriculum include Assessment and Differentiation in a Curriculum, Classroom Reading Instruction, Educational Psychology, Literacy Acquisition and Development, and Classroom Management Skills.

Teaching Careers in Utah

Although job growth rates for teachers are high all over the country, they are particularly high in Utah. In fact, the growing demand may lead to a 29% swell in elementary school teaching jobs by 2022 (O*Net, 2015). Secondary school teachers may experience a 22% increase (O*Net, 2015).

The field of education changes regularly, and you have to stay on top of these changes if you want to contribute to the field. Stay on top of legislative changes and standards updates by joining the Utah Education Association.

  • Elementary School Teachers in Utah: $51,770 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Secondary School Teachers in Utah: $54,560 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Post-Secondary Teachers in Utah: $75,400 per year (BLS, 2015)

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