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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-519. Educator Inservice Procedures and Credit.

As in effect on January 1, 2017

Table of Contents

R277-519-1. Definitions.

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

B. "Inservice" means training in which current teachers or individuals who have previously received a standard or basic teaching certificate may participate to renew a certificate, teach in another subject area or teach at another grade level.

C. "Courses" or "workshops" means an academic experience led and evaluated by an instructor. Courses are scheduled over several weeks duration; workshops are completed within a week. Courses and workshops require outside readings or completion of other assignments or both.

D. "Independent study" means an educational experience outside of courses or workshops. Independent study requires prior approval of the state or district professional development or inservice coordinator and a determination by that person of the requirements and credit warranted.

E. "Conference" means an educational event with a varied agenda offering a choice of sessions.

R277-519-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-1-402(1)(a) which allows the Board to make rules regarding the qualifications of personnel providing direct student services and the certification of educators, 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 establish definitions and standards for inservice instruction especially as it relates to teacher certification.

R277-519-3. General Inservice Requirements.

A. Proposals for inservice classes shall be approved at the district level and shall include:

(1) a descriptive outline of the class;

(2) a schedule of meeting dates and times; and

(3) a professional vita of the instructor(s).

B. Approval of inservice credit may be sought by:

(1) written request from a private provider to the appropriate USOE subject specialist or school district at least two weeks prior to the beginning date of the scheduled inservice, or

(2) a request through the computerized inservice program connected to the USOE certification system.

(a) The computerized process is available in most Utah school districts and area technology centers;

(b) Such requests shall be made at least one week prior to the beginning of the scheduled inservice.

R277-519-4. Inservice Credit.

A. Credit is available in half-credit units, beginning with one-half credit and up to three credits per educational experience.

B. Upon completion of the inservice experience, credit shall be awarded as follows:

(1) Sponsor submits an alphabetized list of participants' names and social security numbers to a school district, the subject specific USOE section, or designated educational agency;

(2) Subject specific USOE sections, district inservice coordinators, or designated educational agencies shall enter the names and social security numbers of the inservice participant on the computer listing screen. This information shall then be transferred by the USOE Certification Section to the individuals' certification files.

(3) Certificates of Completion may be issued by individual school districts for teacher use, but such certificates shall not be honored by the USOE Certification Section as verification of inservice completion.

C. Credit for Specific Inservice Experiences

(1) Courses and workshops: On the semester system, seven to thirteen contact hours equals one-half credit, fourteen to twenty contact classroom hours equal one credit.

(2) Independent study: forty two hours equal one credit.

(3) Conferences: no specific credit awarded unless a conference could also satisfy the criteria for a workshop or independent study. If so, credit may be issued upon prior approval by the USOE Certification Section of the experience.

(4) Consistent with R277-519-4A, inservice credit is available in half-credit units.


teacher certification, professional competency

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

March 22, 1999

Notice of Continuation

March 15, 2012

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-402(1)(a); 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.