educator licensing

The Utah State Board of Education issues three types of educator licenses: Associate, Professional and LEA-Specific. Associate licenses are for anyone who wants to become a Utah teacher, but has not completed an educator preparation program (university-based or alternate program). Associate license holders can then move up to Professional license after they have completed the appropriate training. Paradigm Schools was approved as an Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Program in July 2020. There is also an eminence designation available. The purpose of an eminence designation is to allow individuals with exceptional training or expertise to teach or work in the public schools on a limited basis (R277-301-8).

Paradigm Schools has adopted a policy regarding the requesting of LEA-specific educator licenses, which includes:

  • Educator preparation and support, which has been established by Paradigm Schools and aligns with the Utah Effective Teaching Standards described in R277-530.
  • Educators should meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for an LEA-specific license in a core subject
    • hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution; and
    • pass the appropriate Board-approved content knowledge test (Praxis II). 
  • Educators should meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for an LEA-specific license in a non-core subject:
    • hold an associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or professional skill certification relevant to the teaching assignment; and 
    • skills, talents or abilities specific to the teaching assignment, as determined by the LEA.

Paradigm employs individuals who will hold an LEA-Specific educator license. For the 2020-2021 school year, 10 individuals will hold an LEA-Specific educator license. 7 of the 10 educators on the LEA-Specific license will begin the APPEL program with Paradigm Schools in the 2021-2022 school year (this year was delayed due to COVID-19). All of our LEA-Specific licenses are held under the secondary education license area with endorsements in the following areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Dance (K-12)
  • English
  • Math Endorsement 2
  • Math Endorsement 3
  • Middle Level Science
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Physics
  • Science - Biological
  • Social Studies Composite
  • Visual Art (K-12)

Percentage (based on FTE) of types of licenses, license areas, and endorsements held by educators at Paradigm:

Associate: 12%
Professional: 47%
LEA Specific: 33%
Eminence: 4%
Expanded Eminence: 4%

License Areas
Secondary Education: 88%
Special Education: 12%

Agricultural Science (CTE): >1%
American Sign Language: 4%
Chemistry: 1%
Computer Science Level I: 2%
Computer Science Level II: 4%
Dance (K-12): 4%
English: 15%
English Language Learners: >1%
French: 4%
General Financial Literacy: 4%
Health Education: 4%
History: 4%
Library Media: 4%
Math Endorsement 2: 4%
Math Endorsement 3: 2%
Math Endorsement 4: 7%
Middle Level Science: 3%
Mild/Moderate Disabilities: 8%
Music (6-12): 8%
Ornamental Horticulture: >1%
Physical Education: 4%
Physics: 2%
Psychology: >1%
Science, Biological: 1%
Science, Earth: 2%
Social Studies Composite: 12%
Spanish: 2%
Technology and Engineering: 2%
Visual Arts (K-12): 4%