Policy on Statements of Deficiency for Letter of Authorization Requests
Individuals seeking a statement of deficiency from the Department of Special Education
to support a Letter of Authorization (LOA) request from a school district must meet
in person with the program coordinator (or a designee) in the appropriate specialization
area to determine if they are eligible under Department policy.
The eligibility criteria for a statement of deficiency are:
The individual holds a Bachelor degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
The individual has been admitted to, or can reasonably be expected to meet the requirements
for admission to, the Department of Special Education as a post-bachelors or graduate
The individual can reasonably fulfill all approved course, field study, and student
teaching requirements of the specialization program in his or her assigned teaching
The program coordinator (or a designee) will write a statement of deficiency for eligible
individuals. The statement must:
Indicate whether the individual is a matriculated or a nonmatriculated student. In
the case of a nonmatriculated student, the statement must indicate that it is only
valid if the individual is admitted to the Department.
List courses previously completed by the individual that will be applied to the requirements
of the licensure program.
List the courses and field experiences that the individual must complete to meet the
requirements of the licensure program.
List any additional study requirements established by the specialization area for
individuals teaching on LOAs (e.g. , onsite observations in exemplary programs for
students with disabilities).
The statement of deficiency must be mailed to the appropriate school district representative
and the individual. A copy of the statement must be placed in the individual=s department
Individuals admitted to the Department under a LOA are expected to complete the teacher
licensure program within three academic years from the date of their admission to
the Department as per the Utah State Office of Education administrative rules.
The Department may elect at any time to bar an individual teaching on a LOA from registering
for courses, field studies, and student teaching if:
It becomes evident that the individual can not complete the requirements of the teacher
licensure program in his or her assigned teaching position.
It becomes evident that the individual is not making continuous progress toward completing
the teacher licensure program.
The amount of field supervision and support necessary for the individual to successfully
complete the requirements of the program exceeds what is typically provided to students
by Department Clinical Supervisors.
The individual is not receiving adequate supervision and support from school district
personnel to complete the requirements of the teacher licensure program.