Below are USBE’s explanations of each license:
LEA Specific: An LEA-Specific educator license, including areas of concentration and endorsements, is issued by the state board at the request of an LEA’s governing body (i.e.-local school board) that is valid for an employee to fill a position in the LEA if other licensing routes for the applicant are untenable or unreasonable.
The AEL is available for anyone who wants to teach in Utah but has not completed an educator preparation program (university-based or alternate program). The associate educator license is intended for:
- Individuals who have been hired to teach in Utah schools before they have completed the requirements of a Utah professional teaching license, or
- Individuals who do not currently hold a Utah professional teaching license but would like to teach in Utah while they are working towards a professional educator license.