A temporary license in a specific license area and endorsement (as applicable) awarded by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). This license qualifies you to teach in that subject area awarded while you complete professional licensure requirements.
An AEL can be earned in Elementary Education, Secondary Education with an endorsement in a specific content area, or Career and Technical Education (CTE) in a specific CTE area.
Each district/charter school who wants to hire non-professionally licensed teachers must have a USBE-approved APPEL educator preparation program. The program will provide the experiences, coursework, and support for the educator to earn a professional license in Elementary, Secondary or CTE areas. Educators teach in the content area while working through the APPEL program. Please note: The Special Education license area is not a part of Canyons’ APPEL program.
The USBE has set certain requirements for pedagogy studies, content knowledge testing and studies, educator competencies, clinical experience competencies, educator dispositions, and teacher performance assessments. Each requirement set out in Board Rule must be met and/or demonstrated before the APPEL program can recommend the educator for a Professional Educator License.
USBE requires pedagogy studies in the following topics. Canyons offers these courses in-house as part of the APPEL Academy, but also has a partnership with Salt Lake Community College to provide these courses for our educators.
USBE requires completion of all content requirements outlined by specific license area and endorsement. If your major/CTE area is what you plan to teach, there may be little additional content studies that you’ll need to complete.
APPEL educators must demonstrate specific competencies outlined in Board Rule for their own work as an educator, for clinical experiences in the classroom, and for dispositions of teaching. These competencies must be demonstrated constantly and consistently in order to be met.
To fulfill the license capstone requirement educators will complete a Pedagogical Performance Assessment (PPAT) conducted by Educational Testing Services. This is an opportunity for the educator to demonstrate their understanding and ability to create curriculum, execute instruction, adjust instruction as necessary, assess student learning, and reflect on the teaching process.
If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added: “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!
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