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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-509. Licensure of Student Teachers and Interns.

As in effect on December 1, 2016

Table of Contents

R277-509-1. Definitions.

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

B. "Cooperating teacher" means a licensed teacher employed by an LEA who is qualified to directly supervise a student teacher or intern during the period the student teacher or intern is assigned to the LEA.

C. "Intern" means a teacher education student, who, in an advanced stage of preparation, usually as a culminating experience, may be employed in a school setting for a period of up to one year and receive salary proportionate to the service rendered. An intern is supervised primarily by the school system but with a continuing relationship with college personnel and following a planned program designed to produce a demonstrably competent professional.

D. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, charter schools, and, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

E. "Student teacher" means a college student preparing to teach who is assigned a period of guided teaching during which the student assumes increasing responsibility for directing the learning of a group or groups of students over a period of time.

R277-509-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized under Article X, Section 3 of the Utah Constitution which vests general authority and supervision of public education in the Board, Sections 53A-6-104(1) which permit the Board to issue licenses for educators, Section 53A-6-401(3) which directs the Utah State Office of Education to establish a procedure for obtaining and evaluating relevant information about license applicants, and Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.

B. The purpose of this rule is to specify the procedure under which the Board issues licenses to student teachers and interns.

R277-509-3. Issuing Licenses.

A. The Board shall issue Student Teacher or Intern licenses to students enrolled in teacher preparation programs.

B. The Board shall provide a process for timely review by UPPAC of background check information and shall provide adequate due process for student teachers and interns in the licensing process.

(1) The Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) shall receive and review background information about student teachers and interns.

(2) Student teachers and interns shall have student teacher licenses issued by the Board prior to assignment in public schools.

(3) UPPAC shall review student teacher license applications and make recommendations for their approval by the Board.

(4) UPPAC shall not recommend student teachers or interns to complete student teaching or intern assignments while student teachers or interns are under court supervision of any kind.

(5) Teacher preparation programs may allow student teachers or interns not approved by UPPAC to complete student teaching or intern hours only if the university provides a constant supervisor for the student teacher's or intern's work in the public schools.

C. A license is issued only to student teachers or interns assigned to elementary, middle, or secondary schools under cooperating teachers for part of their preparation program. A supervising administrator must be permanently assigned to the building to which an intern is assigned.

D. A Student Teacher or Intern license is valid only in the LEA specified and for the period of time indicated on the license.

R277-509-4. LEA Requirements.

A. An LEA may not accept or assign student teachers or interns who do not possess a Utah Student Teacher or Intern license. The service of persons so assigned is not recognized by the Board as fulfilling an intern or student teaching requirement for licensure.

B. It is the responsibility of the LEA to verify that potential student teachers or interns are appropriately licensed.


student teachers, interns, teacher preparation programs

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 7, 2013

Notice of Continuation

October 5, 2012

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-6-104(1); 53A-1-401(3)

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.