Utah’s Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) is a teacher program for individuals who wish to earn an initial Level 1 teaching license or are currently licensed teachers who wish to earn another type of teaching license. ARL allows participants to teach in an accredited Utah school on a temporary license for up to 3 years while they are fulfilling licensure requirements.
License Valid for 3 years
Must be contracted by a school district and accepted by a SATEP
ALL NASDTEC with the exception of AK, IA, MN, MO, SD, WI, WY
Robyn Roberts, ARL Specialist
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program
Basic skills tests are NOT required by the state of Utah, HOWEVER teacher programs may require applicant to verify basic competency in English and Math. This varies by university or alternative route licensing agency.
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:
Exams are language specific.
- ACTFL OPI
Chinese-Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian
- UFLA Oral Interview
- Praxis II (Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Latin)
Accept Scores from Out of State
State may review transcripts to determine content language proficiency.
Passing score for ACTFL OPI or the UFLA Oral Proficiency Test at the Advanced-Low level.
Utah Foreign Language Assessment (UFLA) can be used instead of ACTFL. UFLA is only valid in Utah.
Applicants may take the ACTFL or the UFLA AND the Praxis II if applying for Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Chinese.
Scores cannot be older than 5 years.
For: Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Korean, Farsi, Turkish, Tongan, Samoan, Japanese, Arabic, or other, Please contact: Gregg Roberts, [email protected]
For: Navajo or Ute, please contact: Harold (Chuck) Foster, [email protected]
If English is not the primary language spoken in your country of origin, Utah will need verification of English proficiency. You may schedule an Oral Proficiency Interview with Language Testing International (LTI). Utah currently only accepts the Certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). An applicant must attain a level of Advanced Low to pass the English Language Proficiency benchmark.
OPI passing scores cannot be more than five years old.
Visit http://www.languagetesting.com/find-a-test to schedule an appointment test.
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:
Form at: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/Alternative-Routes-to-Licensure/Application/ARLApplicationForm.aspx
Form Mailing Address:
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
Transcript Evaluation Required
Online at: https://secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html
Renewal information may be found at http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/License-Renewals/Renewal-Information/Educators-Renewing.aspx
All teachers are required to apply for a level 2 license within 3 years and must complete a professional learning plan approved by a supervisor.
The renewal site is only open from January through June.
A Level 1 license may be renewed if the individual has less than 3 years of experience in a Utah public or accredited private school and has earned 100 points within this cycle or the most recent 3 years if the cycle has expired. Points are acquired from approved activities. A list can be found at http://schools.utah.gov/cert/License-Renewals/Categories-Acceptable-Activities.aspx
Teachers must have 2 hours of professional development on suicide prevention.
Educators holding a Level 1 license and that have 3 years of experience in a Utah public or accredited private school are required to complete the Entry Years Enhancement (EYE) program and upgrade to a Level 2 license.
Form Title: Utah’s ARL Alternative Route To Licensure Application Form
Once accepted into an ARL program, the department of licensing charges $300.00 for monitoring and tracking of progress.
Follow steps of online background check. Applicants will be prompted to order fingerprint cards or complete a Livescan in person. There is a $40.00 processing fee for fingerprints.
Once foreign transcripts are evaluated and are found to be equivalent to a BA degree, foreign trained applicants may participate in the ARL program but must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US.
Utah’s Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) is a teacher program for individuals who wish to earn an initial Level 1 teaching license or are currently licensed teachers who wish to earn another type of teaching license. ARL allows participants to teach in an accredited Utah school on a temporary license for up to 3 years while they are fulfilling licensure requirements. Participants must be employed by a Utah school district, charter school, or accredited private or parochial school while earning a license and must be teaching in a licensed position at the time a license is earned and issued. Participants in the ARL program complete course work determined by an official review, take required content knowledge test(s), take required content and general pedagogy courses (typically 7-10 classes), teach successfully for a minimum of one year full time or 2 years if less than full time in their eligible subject area up to a maximum of three academic school years in a licensed position, have successful principal’s evaluations of classroom performance and teaching disposition skills, and upon program completion, be recommended for licensure by the principal and the ARL advisor. Participants are responsible for all costs involved in completing the ARL process. Participants successfully completing the Alternative Routes to Licensure program will be issued a Level 1 Utah Professional Educator License.