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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-507. Driver Education Endorsement.

As in effect on December 1, 2016

Table of Contents

R277-507-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. "Endorsement" means a stipulation appended to a license setting forth the areas of practice to which the license applies.

C. "Level 1 License" means a license issued upon completion of an approved educator preparation program or an alternative preparation program or pursuant to an agreement under the NASDTEC Interstate Contract to candidates who have also met all ancillary requirements established by law or rule.

D. "Level 2 License" means a license issued after satisfaction of all requirements for a Level 1 license as well as any additional requirements established by law or rule relating to professional preparation or experience.

E. "Level 3 License" means a license issued to an educator who holds a current Utah Level 2 license and has also received, in the educator's field of practice, National Board certification or a doctorate from an accredited institution.

F. "NASDTEC" means the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.

G. "NASDTEC Interstate Contract" means the contract implementing Title 53A, Chapter 6, Part 2, Compact of Interstate Qualification of Educational Personnel, which is administered through NASDTEC and which provides for reciprocity of educator licenses among states.

H. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

R277-507-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Article X, Section 3 of the Utah Constitution which vests the general control and supervision of the public school in the State Board of Education, by Section 53A-1-402(1)(a) which directs the Board to make rules regarding the licensure of educators, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, and by Section 53A-13-208 which directs the Board to establish procedures and standards to license teachers of driver education classes as driver license examiners.

B. The purpose of this rule is to establish standards and procedures for high school teachers to qualify for the driver education endorsement.

R277-507-3. Endorsement Requirements.

A. The driver education endorsement shall be added to the Level 1, 2, or 3 license provided:

(1) the individual has a valid and current Level 1, 2, or 3 license with an area of concentration in one or more of the following: Secondary Education, Special Education and/or School Counselor;

(2) the individual has a valid Utah automobile operator's license; and

(3) the beginning teacher has no convictions for a moving violation or chargeable accident on record for which a driver license was suspended or revoked for the two year period immediately prior to employment.

B. In order for a high school driver education teacher to be certified as a driver license examiner by the Driver License Division of the Department of Public Safety, the teacher shall first be licensed and endorsed by the USOE.

C. A high school driver education teacher shall have professional preparation which includes the following:

(1) sixteen (16) semester hours in the area of driver and safety education;

(2) of the 16 hours required:

(a) a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours shall be in the area of driver and safety education, including a practicum covering classroom, on-street, simulator, and driving range instruction; and

(b) a minimum of three (3) semester hours shall be selected from areas of related safety work; and

(c) a minimum of one (1) semester hour of current/valid first aid and CPR training.

D. A high school driver education teacher after meeting the criteria of Subsection 3, shall obtain a valid and current certificate from the Driver License Division to administer knowledge and driving skills test, as required by and specified in 53A-13-208.

R277-507-4. Driver Education Program Standards.

The teacher preparation program of an institution may be approved by the Board if it requires demonstrated competency by the teacher in:

(1) structuring, implementing, identifying and developing support materials related to regular classroom, multimedia, driving simulation, off-street multiple car driving range, and on-street experiences;

(2) assisting students in examining and clarifying their attitudes and values about safety;

(3) understanding and explaining the basic principles of motor vehicle systems, dynamics, and maintenance;

(4) understanding and explaining the interaction of all highway transportation system elements;

(5) initiating emergency procedures under varying circumstances;

(6) motor vehicle operation and on-street instruction;

(7) understanding and explaining the physiological and psychological influences of alcohol and other drugs especially as they relate to driving;

(8) understanding and explaining due process in the legal system;

(9) communicating effectively with federal, state, and local agencies concerning safety issues;

(10) understanding and explaining the frequency, severity, nature and prevention of accidents related to driving which occur in various age groups in various life activities; and

(11) understanding and explaining the UTAH DRIVER HANDBOOK, prepared by the Driver License Division.

R277-507-5. Endorsement Suspension.

A. The driver education endorsement shall be immediately suspended and the previously-endorsed individual shall not be allowed to teach driver education following a conviction for a moving violation, alcohol-related or chargeable accident for which an individual's driver license is suspended or revoked.

B. Once an individual's endorsement to teach has been suspended, he shall be required to maintain a driving record free of convictions for moving violations or chargeable accidents for which a driver license is suspended or revoked for a period of two years before the endorsement to teach may be reinstated.


professional education, driver education, educator licensure

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

December 16, 2005

Notice of Continuation

November 15, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-402(1)(a); 53A-1-401(3); 53A-13-208

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.