State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Utah

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Utah has adopted the Utah Educational Leadership Standards. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-530-6
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Utah State Board of Education Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Education leadership preparation programs must prepare candidates to meet the Utah Educational Leadership Standards. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Education leadership preparation programs must provide a culminating experience that allows the candidate to demonstrate certain knowledge and skills that may be completed through employment in an education leadership position or an internship. Internships must consist of at least 400 hours of supervised clinical experience. Programs must also include an additional 50 hours of clinical experience in elementary and secondary schools throughout program coursework. State policy provides additional requirements. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Yes. The state superintendent of public instruction may approve a culminating experience proposal that does not meet requirements to pilot innovative or alternative practice if a board-approved education leadership licensure program and a partner school submit a joint proposal and the proposal is for a maximum of two years. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Education Leadership License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher
  • Complete a board-approved education leadership licensure program or hold a valid education leadership license issued by a NASDTEC member state
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis II: Education Leadership or the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: In order to admitted into a Utah education leadership preparation program, candidates must hold a Level 2 or 3 Utah educator license. Level 2 licensure requires at least three years of successful education experience in a Utah public/private school or one year of successful education experience in a Utah public school and three years of successful education experience in a public/private school in another state.
Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. However, an applicant holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by a NASDTEC member state may satisfy preparation requirements by verfying at least one year of education leadership experience in the partcipating state or verifying completion of an education leadership internship substantially equivalent to the internship required for in-state candidates. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? The board may grant an Education Leadership License to a candidate for exceptional professional experience including non-education experience, exceptional education accomplishments or other noteworthy experiences or circumstances.

In addition, a local education agency (LEA) may request an LEA-specific competency-based Education Leadership License for a candidate who holds a master's degree or higher and receives a passing score on the board-approved education leadership test.
Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505

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