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2024 Utah Education Bills

The Utah State Board of Education and Legislature are constantly making changes to improve the public education system. What does this mean for you as a preservice teacher obtaining your license in the state of Utah?

Student Teacher Stipend

This year, a bill was recently passed to pay student teachers who will obtain a teaching license in Utah $6,000 for the semester. Utah State Representative Peterson said, “By creating a stipend program for future educators, we allow them to focus on preparing to be excellent teachers.” Utah State Senator Wilson added, “Ensuring teachers start on the right foot will increase the likelihood they stay in the profession.”

This bill will go into effect on July 1, 2024 and will benefit approximately 1,400 student teachers each year. Click here to learn more about the stipend and how it affects YOU as a student teacher in Utah!

Teacher Licensure Requirement Adjustments

Teacher licensure in Utah recently changed requirements surrounding thepp Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). Among other adjustments, the state board now prohibits requiring a pedagogical performance assessment to attain licensure. The bill was passed as a way to hopefully remove any roadblocks to quality teachers becoming licensed in Utah. Here at BYU, the PPAT will most likely be replaced with something else, but updates will be posted once decisions are made. To read more about the bill dissolving the PPAT test, click here.

If you have any questions about any of the recent bills that were passed and how they effect you, reach out to the EDLF department in the McKay School of Education. To meet with a student ambassador, click here!

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