In the 3 years since graduating we have explored many options and find that pursuing teaching has felt the most fulfilling, honest, and has shown the greatest immediate return on investment! To choose teaching is no small process. I wanted to share with you that reality and all it involves......
Brief Summary of the Alternative Route to Licensure Steps:
First, apply for the ARL Program & get an “Eligibility" Letter
1. Complete the Online Background Check. (https://secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html)
2. Get fingerprinting done.
3. Complete an Application (http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/DOCS/APT/altapplication.aspx) with official transcripts. Pay the Evaluation Fee $100. Elementary applicants must also complete the “Content Course Eligibility Checklist” form (http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/DOCS/APT/Elementary_Transcript_Worksheet.aspx).
4. Become Eligible – If eligible, you will get an Eligibility letter which you can give to District Human Resources where you want to apply to teach. The letter will designate the license area (i.e. Secondary or Elementary) and which area of endorsement (subject) you can earn if hired.
5. Apply for jobs at various districts/Charter Schools/Private Schools as long as they are accredited. Apply at: www.teachers-teachers.com and/or each district you are interested in working in.
Then, get a job:
6. Get a Job. (Must be hired in an accredited school for .50 contract or more).
7. Inform our ARL office if you are hired in a licensed teaching position.
8. Submit an ARL “Confirmation of Employment” Form with signatures from the principal and HR director. Your new teaching assignment will be put on CACTUS (the State Teacher Tracking System).
9. Pay the Program Development & Tracking Fee $400.
Next, get an “ARL” Plan outlining required Coursework, Testing, etc. to earn a license and endorsement(s) while you teach. A Professional Growth Plan is developed only after a candidate is hired and pays the requisite program development and tracking fee. You are responsible for all costs involved in completing your ARL Plan:
10. Get a “Professional Growth Plan” (PGP) Plan. You will meet with an ARL advisor to make sure you understand your plan and program expectations. There are usually at least 6 general Pedagogy Methods Classes, 4 Elementary Ed. Methods Courses (if teaching K-8), and Content Praxis test(s) at a minimum for any PGP Plan.
11. Pass the Praxis II Content Area test to become HQ highly qualified as soon as possible (preferably by the first semester of teaching). www.ets.org/praxis
12. Teach full time for at least 1 year (or at least .50 part-time for 2 years). Your plan can be renewed for up to 3 years if you have never had a temporary authorization before.
13. Work with a trained mentor assigned by your Principal in your school.
14. Take Courses that are outlined on your PGP Plan.
15. Each Spring, you submit "Progress Forms” with official transcripts and documentation.
16. Each Spring, your Principal will submit their observations and evaluations of you. You must successfully pass these observations/classroom performances with “meets standards” or above.
17. Your first year Temporary ARL Authorization will be reissued to a Temporary ARL License if you complete your Progress Forms and your Principal’s evaluations satisfactorily. You must do this each year that you are in the program in order to have your temporary license re-issued for the following year.
Finally, complete the plan & be recommended licensure:
18. Complete PGP plan. (Let us know if anything changes in your employment during the time you are completing the plan.)
19. Once the Plan is completed, we will request a Principal’s Letter of Recommendation for Licensure from your current principal.
20. Complete a Level 1 Licensure Application form.
21. Update your background check only if it is outdated - more than 3 years old.
22. Complete the "Ethics Review" online at https://secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html .
23. Pay the Level 1 Licensing Fee ($55) to USOE.
24. Once the Principal’s Recommendation letter is received and the Level 1 License Form & fees are in, you will be recommended for licensure.
25. Yeah! The licensing process is complete when you receive your license in the mail.
We started this process 2 years ago. We are on step 10 now and found ourselves at a cross road! We've come so far in such a tedious process to rationally drop it all now so we are pressing forward. With an uncertain future and many lessons already learned the hard way my husband has decided to continue to teach and do chiropractic part time. Maintaing a chiropractic license is in short a huge pain in the ass! His mal-practice premiums are due 4 times a year and he has to continue his CE endeavors to stay in good standing with the state chiropractic board not to mention pay the state board every 2 years!
The return on investment to be a chiropractor is horrible! I am not statistician but I doubt my husband will technically ever be out of the proverbial "red" in his lifetime. Even if his private student loans were forgiven and federal student loans written off tomorrow he would still be in a lifetime of red based on the professional debt we have accrued and the continuing maintenance expenses. I don't recommend it!