Utah – State Information

MEA President: Todd Campbell
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Christine Wolf
ALF Member Email: cwolf@dsdmail.net

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/19/2021
Adjourns: 3/5/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 3/2/2021
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines 1/29.2021
Governor Spencer Cox (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. V. Lowry Snow (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Susan Pulsipher (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Deidre M. Hulse Henderson (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 801-538-1029
Senate Secretary Contact 801-538-1035
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Dr. Rebecca Donaldson, ESEA/Federal Programs Coordinator (801)
Title IV Director Joleigh Honey, STEM/Title IV Part A Coordinator
(801) 538-7794, joleigh.honey@schools.utah.gov
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds March 1 for the coming school year (early deadline!) Note that the
allocations can be found on the Title IV website page – Excel
spreadsheet about 2/3rds down the page


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

UT Elementary or Secondary License with a K-6, 6-12, or K-12 Music Endorsement

Professional Educator License (5-year)

None Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) None edTPA or PPAT Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Educator Ethics, Special Education Law and Instruction, Classroom Management and Instruction, and Utah Effective Teaching Standards No application fees
Location specific fingerprinting cost ($15-20)
Yes https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/licensing/earning https://secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html?r=710101985 June 2020

COVID-19 Information

School Reopening Planning Handbook

UMEA Guidance

The Utah state board of education released a set of minimum requirements for local school districts to meet before reopening schools for in-person instruction. By Aug. 1, districts must create and publicize plans for resuming in-person learning that address schedules, hygiene and safety, monitoring schools, “containing potential outbreaks” and (if necessary) temporarily closing schools again, among other areas.

Title IV Success Stories

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Nebo School District to pay arts specialists to work with elementary school teachers and special ed teachers to increase their skill level in teaching the arts and to help develop curriculum. Funding was also used for professional development in arts and music integration for elementary grade level teachers. This funding created increased high-quality integrated arts learning in elementary classrooms.