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I want to be a teacher for Canyons District! How do I get an educator license if I wasn’t an education student who received a license as an undergrad at a university?

At a glance:
1. Earn an Associate Educator License from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) or a University program.
2. Get hired at a district/charter school with an approved Alternate Pathway to Professional Licensure (APPEL) program.
3. Complete all APPEL requirements within three (3) years and be recommended for a Professional Educator License.

Canyons District APPEL Educator Steps Start to Finish:

  1. You must have a minimum of either a university bachelor’s degree or you must have industry certification in a specific area to be eligible for an Associate Educator (AEL) license.
    • Your major does NOT have to be in the same content area in which you want to teach; however, your certification must be in the same CTE area as that which you want to teach.
  2. Apply for an Associate Educator License through the USBE.
    • There are five steps you must complete PRIOR to applying for an AEL. Please follow the directions in order on the USBE AEL webpage.
    • Once the AEL is awarded, save a copy of the license PDF to use in job applications.
  3. Apply for a teaching position you have been approved for with Canyons District.
    • Visit this page to get started.
    • We will not accept any applications unless you have successfully applied and been approved for your AEL.
  4. Get hired at Canyons and be accepted into the Canyons APPEL program.
    • Once you are hired on an AEL, you will be accepted into the Canyons APPEL program.
    • After a transcript review is conducted, you will have an initial consultation with the APPEL program director to review all program expectations and licensure requirements.
    • You will be assigned to work with an APPEL coach who will mentor, support, and be a part of your teacher training experience. You will commit to annual progress towards licensure.
  5. Work for up-to-three years on the AEL to complete all professional licensure requirements of pedagogy, content, competencies, and assessment.
    • USBE requires pedagogy studies in the following topics:
      • Currently, Canyons has a partnership with Salt Lake Community College to provide these courses for our educators; we plan to develop these courses at the district level at a future date.
      • Classroom Management: Creating an Effective Learning Environment
      • Curriculum Development: Instruction, Planning, Technology, Assessment
      • Introduction to Special Education
      • Literacy in the Content Area
      • Working with Diverse Populations 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 will likely be less additional content studies that you’ll need to complete.
      • Elementary Education requires specific content studies in the Science of Reading and the Science of Mathematics as well as Child Development.
      • Secondary Education requires Methods of Teaching in the Content Area.
      • Some CTE areas require a Methods course; others do not.
      • 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.
  6. At the end of the APPEL program, educators will complete a Pedagogical Performance Assessment (PPAT) conducted by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
    • The educator demonstrates their understanding and ability to create curriculum, execute instruction, adjust instruction as necessary, assess student learning, and reflect on the teaching process.
  7. Receive your Professional Educator License and continue working at Canyons!
    • An APPEL educator must complete all USBE Board Rule professional licensure requirements as well successfully meet all district teacher evaluation requirements.
    • All APPEL stakeholders (including the educator, school administration, coaches, etc.) must all agree that the educator should be recommended for professional licensure.
    • The APPEL Program Director will recommend the educator for a Professional Educator License.

Email Shawnda Moss for additional questions on the CSD APPEL program.

Context:

What is an Associate Educator License (AEL)?
A temporary license in a specific license area and endorsement (as applicable) awarded by the 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.

What is the Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL)?
Each district/charter school who wants to hire non-professionally licensed teachers must have a USBE-approved APPEL 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.

  • Special Education is not a part of APPEL. 

What kind of requirements are required for professional educator licensure?
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.

Breakdown of the new Utah State Board of Education’s (USBE) Licensing Areas

The Utah State Board of Education may grant an educator one of the following education licenses:

  1. Professional Educator License – a license issued to an individual who has demonstrated all of the State established competencies to be an educator.
  2. Associate Educator License – a license issued to an individual who has met a minimum set of educator requirements and is completing all professional educator requirements to receive a Professional Educator License.
  3. Local Education Agency (LEA)-specific Educator License – a license issued to an individual, approved by the local Board of Education, who has met locally defined competencies to be an educator. 
    • An LEA-specific license area or endorsement may include:
      • Out of State and Internationally licensed educators completing Utah licensing requirements.
      • Educators waiting for university license recommendations.
      • Educators with expired Utah licenses.
      • Educators working towards an Associate license area/endorsement.
      • Career and Technical Education educators completing skills testing.
      • Educators waiting to begin a university licensure program.

Canyons School District’s schools may employ individuals holding LEA-specific Educator Licenses, as well as Professional and Associate Educator Licenses, as outlined below based on the employee’s FTE:

 

Alta View Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Altara Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 97%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 3%

Bell View Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Bella Vista Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 95%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 5%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Brookwood Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Butler Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 95%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 3%

Canyon View Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 94%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 6%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Copperview Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 97%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 3%

Crescent Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 90%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 10%

Draper Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 97%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 3%

East Midvale Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 90%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 3%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 4%

East Sandy Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 98%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 2%

Edgemont Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Granite Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 93%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 7%

Lone Peak Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 98%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 2%

Midvale Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 86%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 10%

Midvalley Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Oak Hollow Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 91%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 3%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 6%

Oakdale Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 94%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 6%

Park Lane Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Peruvian Park Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Quail Hollow Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Ridgecrest Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Sandy Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 97%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 3%

Silver Mesa Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 93%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 7%

Sprucewood Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 95%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 5%

Sunrise Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Willow Canyon Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 96%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 4%

Willow Springs Elementary

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 97%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 3%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Albion Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 94%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 4%

Butler Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 89%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 4%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 7%

Draper Park Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 98%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 2%

Eastmont Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 88%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 5%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 7%

Indian Hills Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 95%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 2%

Midvale Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 90%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 3%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 7%

Mount Jordan Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 93%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 1%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 4%

Union Middle

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 98%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Alta High

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 94%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 1%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 4%

Brighton High

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 97%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 1%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 1%

Corner Canyon High

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 98%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Diamond Ridge High

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 98%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 2%

Hillcrest High

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 89%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 2%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 9%

Jordan High

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 90%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 1%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 9%

Canyons Transition Academy

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Canyons Technical Education Center

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 79%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 17%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 4%

Entrada Adult High School

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Jordan Valley School

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 91%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 3%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 2%

South Park Academy

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%

Canyons Virtual High School

  • Assignments Qualified by Professional License: 100%
  • Assignments Qualified by Associate Licenses: 0%
  • Assignments Qualified by LEA Specific Licenses: 0%
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