(6) An LEA-specific educator license may only include LEA-specific license areas of concentration and endorsements.
(7) An educator may add a license area or endorsement to an existing license or license area of concentration by meeting the requirements for an associate, professional, or LEA-specific endorsement as established in this rule.
(8) The Superintendent may establish deadlines and uniform forms and procedures for all aspects of licensing.
(9)(a) All licenses expire on June 30 of the year of expiration and a licensee may renew any time after January 1 of the same year.
(b) Responsibility for license renewal rests solely with the licensee.
R277-301-4. Associate Educator License Requirements.
(1) The Superintendent shall issue an associate educator license to an individual that applies for the license and that meets all requirements in this Section R277-301-4.
(2) An associate educator license, license area, or endorsement is valid for three years.
(3) The Superintendent may only renew an associate educator license if:
(a) the individual has less than three years of experience in a Utah public or accredited private school; or
(b) the individual is employed by a Utah public or accredited private school and the employer has requested a one year extension of the license.
(4) Notwithstanding Subsection (3), the Superintendent may not renew an associate license with a license area in special education or related services, if the educator has three years of experience with the associate license.
(5) The general requirements for an associate educator license shall include:
(a) completion of a criminal background check including review of any criminal offenses and clearance in accordance with Rule R277-214 and continued monitoring in accordance with Subsection 53G-11-403(1);
(b) completion of the educator ethics review within one calendar year prior to the application; and
(c) one of the following:
(i) a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution;
(ii) current enrollment in a university-based Board-approved educator preparation program that will result in a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution; or
(iii) skill certification in a specific CTE area as established by the Superintendent.
(6) The content knowledge requirements for an associate educator license shall include:
(a) for an elementary license area, passage of an elementary content knowledge test, approved by the Superintendent, that distinctly measures content in:
(ii) reading/language arts;
(iii) social studies; and
(b) for a secondary or CTE license area with a content endorsement, or for an endorsement being added to a professional license area, one of the following:
(i)(A) passage of a content knowledge test approved by the Superintendent, where required; or
(B) demonstration of the competency criteria established by the Superintendent if no content knowledge test is required;
(ii) a bachelor's degree or higher with a major in the content area from a regionally accredited university; or
(iii) enrollment in a program that will result in a degree described in Subsection (7)(b)(ii);
(c) for an early childhood license area, passage of a content knowledge test approved by the Superintendent; and
(d) for a school leadership license area, enrollment in:
(i) a university-based Board-approved educator preparation program; or
(ii) an educator preparation program administered by the Superintendent.
(7) Notwithstanding, Subsection (5)(c)(ii),
(a) an applicant for an associate educator license with the following license areas:
(i) special education (K-12);
(ii) pre-school special education;
(iii) deaf education;
(v) speech language technician; or
(vi) speech language pathologist;
(b) shall meet the following requirements for an associate educator license:
(i) demonstrate content knowledge competencies approved by the Superintendent; and
(ii) complete a special education law training approved by the Superintendent;
(iii) earn a bachelor's degree; and
(iv) enroll in a preparation program as provided in Subsection (9).
(8)(a) For a special education or pre-school special education license area, an applicant for an associate educator license shall enroll in a:
(i) Board-approved non-university based special education preparation program; or
(ii) a special education program at a regionally accredited institution that will yield a NASDTEC Stage 2 educator license.