Undergraduate Programs Application
At time of application applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
While enrolled in EDUC 302 "Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society."
Make an appointment with your content area advisor. Obtain a degree audit for your content area(s) (major and/or minor) from the registrar or from the School of Education main office. Take the degree audits, the Content Area Course Work Requirement form, and a copy of your transcripts from all previously attended institutions with you to your appointment. Your advisor will evaluate courses taken at other institutions that may transfer to meet content area requirements. The advisor will also list all remaining courses needed to complete your major/minor, and when those classes will be offered. This step should be completed prior to meeting with your Education advisor.
Make an appointment with Shamby Polychronis, Director of Undergraduate Programs, 801.832.2489. Bring your degree audits, Content Area Course Work Requirement form, and transcript copies to your appointment. Your program advisor will create a tentative program plan for you, including major/minor course work.
The School of Education will review your application and will determine acceptance or denial into the program based upon review of your file and the above requirements. Acceptance into the program is contingent on successful completion of EDUC 302 Foundations of Education, and all prerequisites. You will be notified of the faculty's decision within two weeks of the application deadline.
Application Forms and Instructions
The Following Items are Required for your Application Folder:
Be sure your name appears on all forms. Keep a copy of all completed forms for your personal records.
Procedures and Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (pdf)
Declaration of Intent Form (pdf)
Complete and turn in the Declaration of Intent form, stating your intended area of study.
Letter of Intent
Write a formal two (2) page letter addressed to the School of Education. The letter must describe both why you want to be a teacher and what you feel you will uniquely bring to the field of education. Be sure your name is included in the letter.
Self Assessment (pdf)
Complete self assessment of professional dispositions.
Three (3) Completed Recommendation Forms and Letters of Recommendation (pdf)
Have three (3) employment or academic references complete and return the Recommendation form.
A letter of recommendation can be used in lieu of the form, but must be attached to the form.
At least one letter must speak to your academic abilities, and at least one letter must speak to your ability to maintain professional relationships in a working environment.
Background Check Authorization Form (info)
After completing your online background check, you will be allowed to print your receipt. Print three copies. One is to be turned in for your application file; one must be presented at the livescan fingerprinting office; keep a copy for your personal records.
Livescan Fingerprint Receipt (info)
Turn in one copy of your Livescan receipt for your application file.
Content Area Course Work Requirements Form (pdf)*
*This form is only required for those with minors outside the School of Education.
Group Assessment Interview
(See Undergraduate Application Process)
Please turn in all application forms to:
School of Education
Malouf Hall 107, 801.832.2471, firstname.lastname@example.org
Background Check & Fingerprinting through the Utah State Office of Education
Utah Law (53A-1a-512.5) requires that each applicant for a Utah Educator License satisfactorily complete a background check. To complete the background check, an applicant must submit fingerprints for review by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Local and Federal Background Check
Go to the website: Educator Licensing Online
- Provide the requested user authentication information and complete the online questions.
- After completion of the Background questions, you will be prompted to print your receipt. Print three copies: one copy is required for fingerprinting; one needs to be turned in for your application folder. Always keep a copy for yourself.
The online background check requires a fee of $69.00 and is payable only by major credit card.
If you live in Utah, you will need to do a live fingerprint scan. A current list of Livescan sites, hours and other specific requirements* is available at: Livescan.
- Take a copy of your Background Check receipt to the Livescan fingerprinting office of your choice.
- Request a receipt (Required for UG application process)
- Request a copy of the results be forwarded to Westminster College, School of Education.
The fingerprinting scan requires a fee of $20.00*. *Cash Only. You have 60 days from the date of your background check to complete your fingerprinting.
Further information can be found at the Utah State Office of Education.