[Science] Changes to Secondary Science Endorsement Requirements

Scott, Richard Richard.Scott at schools.utah.gov
Mon Nov 21 09:12:28 MST 2016

Science Teachers and Leaders,

After months of work and review there have been some significant changes made to the Secondary Science Endorsement requirements. LEA science leaders and Higher Education representative weighed in on the process to help ensure that teachers are prepared to teach science courses with the most specific coursework pathway possible.

Most of these changes resulted in the endorsement requirements being shortened or broadened by a few classes. There are some instances where these changes resulted in requirements becoming more specific and narrowed and in very few instances an additional laboratory course requirement was required to better prepare teachers to teach AP, IB, or CE courses at a college level.

Normally, when endorsement requirements change teachers are given up to a year to prepare for these adjustments. In the case of these changes, because most changes represent a shortening or broadening of requirements we have updated the endorsement form effective immediately with the following statement:

The Secondary Science Endorsement Application was updated on November 8, 2016 and any shortened requirement changes will become effective immediately. Endorsement changes that add to or further specify requirements will be fully implemented starting September 1, 2017. The Science Education Specialist will evaluate all applications with both old and new endorsement requirements until September 1, 2017 to allow for an easy transition.

Please review the endorsement changes on the attached file to see how they may affect you in the work you are doing towards earning new science endorsements. Any underlined/bolded portions have been added to the requirements and any struck through portions have been removed from the requirements.

NOTE: If you or your teachers are on a State Approved Endorsement Plan (SAEP) for any science endorsement, we will be reevaluating those in the coming weeks and any plans that can be shortened with these new endorsement changes will be adjusted and teachers will be notified of the changes in requirements. Any teachers on SAEPs for endorsements that would potentially grow in requirements will be grandfathered into their current plan and no additional requirements will be expected as long as they complete their SAEP requirements by the scheduled deadline. Please be sure that your email address is updated and current in Cactus to receive these notifications.

The new science endorsement application is now available on the USBE Science Website at: http://schools.utah.gov/cert/Endorsements/ScienceSecondary.aspx

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Ricky Scott
K-12 Science Education Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
richard.scott at schools.utah.gov<mailto:richard.scott at schools.utah.gov>
250 E. 500 S.
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114-4200
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