Steps to Graduation and Licensure

Congratulations on your provisional admission into the program! Your admission is valid for five years from the date of your acceptance letter.  You will be formally admitted as a candidate for licensure at the beginning of your student teaching semester provided you have successfully completed all required course work, testing, and field experience.  Participation in the program demands your maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and scholarship.  When starting the program, it is important that you do the following: 

  • Extensively read over your admissions letter and corresponding supplemental letters.
  • Complete your background clearance check and fingerprinting. According to Utah State Board of Education guidelines, WSU can NOT accept background clearances from any other agencies.  Additional information may be found on the Livescan Fingerprinting website.
  • Participate in the "First Reading" Assignment. Please refer to your acceptance letter for the title of the book you will need to read.
  • Attend the mandatory new student orientation session which will be the first day of classes.

It is also important that you seek advisement on a regular basis.  Please contact an advisor with questions on course requirements, transfer course work, or miscellaneous inquiries.  Remember to review your degree evaluation in Cattracks and the suggested program of study for your license area and your orientation material. 

Please be aware that all Teacher Education candidates must take and pass their Praxis II test(s) in order to be recommended for licensing.

Student Teaching is completed the last semester of your program of study.  There is a separate application for student teaching which is due the semester before you plan to student teach.  Please see the Student Teaching website for more information.

You will need to apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate. If you are majoring in a secondary teaching area, please contact your content department(s). 

Approximate Application Deadlines:

  • Early October for Fall Semester Graduates
  • February for Spring Semester Graduates
  • July for Summer Semester Graduates

Please visit the University Graduation Office website for more information. 

Register with Career Services to create your Teacher Credential File to assist you with your job search.

Please visit the Applying for USBE Licensure page for instructions on applying for a Utah State License. Please note that you may only be recommended for licensure in the state for five (5) years after completing a teacher preparation program.  After that time, additional coursework and student teaching requirements will be required. 

In order to obtain a license to teach in the state of Utah, graduates of teacher education programs must be recommended by their institution.  Please complete the necessary steps below and submit all paperwork to the Teacher Education Advisement Center, room Ed 230. 

1) Download and complete the Licensure Checklist for your teaching program:

  • Follow the instructions on the checklist for completing the licensure application process and keep a copy of all the paperwork you have submitted. Licensure Checklist 

Once all paperwork and transcripts with posted degrees are received, the teacher education licensure specialist will send an email to your WSU student email account advising you about completing the licensure process. When you receive this email it will contain information on the licensing procedure through USBE. Once you have completed the process you will immediately be able to print a copy of your license.  Please note: you will not be mailed a copy from USBE so make sure to save a copy on your computer or flash drive.  If you are unable to complete the on- line procedure after receiving the email contact Brogan Stampick. You will not hold a Utah license until you complete the online process!

Procedures for Adding Licensure Areas

If you already hold a Utah teaching license and are adding an additional license through completion of a teacher education program, please contact Brogan Stampick for more information.