Utah Administrative Code

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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-308. New Educator Induction and Mentoring.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R277-308-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;

(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law; and

(c) Section 53E-6-201, which gives the Board power to issue licenses.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to establish requirements for induction of new educators.

R277-308-2. Definitions.

(1) "LEA" includes, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

(2) "Mentor" means an educator with a professional educator license who is trained to advise, coach, consult, and guide the development of a new educator.

R277-308-3. LEA Induction Programs.

(1) An LEA shall provide an induction program for the LEA's licensed employees if:

(a) an educator holds an associate educator license; or

(b) an educator holds a professional educator license with less than three years experience.

(2) An LEA shall provide an induction program for at least three years for employees with an LEA-specific educator license.

(3) An induction program under this rule shall include, at a minimum:

(a) a documented professional learning plan, appropriate for each educator;

(b) LEA support in meeting the requirements of a professional license for an individual who holds an associate license;

(c) mentor observation and feedback for each educator beginning early in the program;

(d) principal observation and feedback for each educator as required by Rule R277-533; and

(e) assistance in meeting the pedagogical requirements described in Subsection R277-301-5(5).

(4) An induction plan under Subsection (1) shall provide a new educator with a trained mentor educator with a professional educator license.

(5) A trained mentor educator under Subsection (3) shall assist the educator to meet the Utah Effective Educator Standards established in Rule R277-530.

(6) A trained mentor educator may not have responsibility to evaluate a new educator for whom the educator acts as mentor.

(7) An LEA and a Utah approved university-based education preparation program may partner in implementing the induction program required by Subsection (1).

(8) The Superintendent shall:

(a) develop a model induction program, including model competencies for mentors;

(b) provide training for mentors based on the competencies developed in accordance with Subsection (8)(a);

(c) provide training for principals to oversee and support mentor training; and

(d) facilitate the sharing of best practices between LEAs.

R277-308-4. Effective Date.

This rule will be effective beginning July 1, 2020.


new educators, mentors, programs

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

February 7, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-401(4); 53E-6-201

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.