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Seminary Careers

Seminaries and Institutes of Religion (S&I) provides religious education for youth and young adults ages 14 to 30. Called teachers and employees work together to teach and administer this great educational program. Due to various needs and circumstances, S&I employs some men and women as full-time religious educators.

This page answers questions about how to prepare for and then apply for a career in S&I.

What are the personal qualifications for prospective teachers?

An individual who teaches the gospel to the youth of the Church in an S&I setting must:

  • Be a worthy and active member of the Church and hold a current temple recommend.

  • Exhibit a testimony of the Savior and His restored gospel.

  • Exemplify Church teachings regarding marriage and family life.

  • Maintain a proper balance in relationships and between professional, religious, and familial obligations.

  • Have and maintain a reputation of meeting financial commitments.

  • Relate to and be able to manage a classroom of teenagers.

  • Demonstrate outstanding scripture-teaching skills.

  • Have an appropriate sense of humor.

  • Be willing to abide by S&I policies, including dress and grooming standards.

What career options are available?

The following career options are available in S&I:

  • Seminary teacher

  • Seminary principal

  • Institute teacher

  • Institute director

  • S&I coordinator

  • S&I administrator positions

Most new teachers begin as released-time seminary teachers. Seminary principals, institute of religion teachers and directors, S&I coordinators, and other S&I administrators are typically appointed from among the ranks of experienced seminary teachers.

What benefits are available with S&I?

The benefits available to full-time S&I employees include:

  • Medical, dental, disability, and life insurance plans.

  • The Retirement Plus Plan (RPP).

  • A 401K plan with employer matching contributions.

What are the education requirements for employment with S&I?

The education requirements for individuals desiring a full-time teaching position with S&I include:

  • An accredited bachelor’s degree (S&I does not specify a major).

  • Completion of the seminary preservice training 

What is the seminary preservice training process?

Interested applicants must successfully complete S&I preservice training courses through an S&I preservice center. A prospective seminary teacher should take the following S&I preservice training courses:

  • Teaching Seminary (Rel 471): This course is an introduction to religious education as a profession. It focuses on basic teaching concepts and the S&I hiring process, and helps individuals become more effective teachers. It prepares them to teach the scriptures and involves them in a brief seminary teaching experience. During the course, trainees are evaluated and screened for student teaching opportunities.

  • Seminary Teaching Seminar (Rel 475): This course is for part-time student teachers only and deals with current teaching issues and needs. Student teachers are employed and may teach from one to three seminary classes. Throughout the school year they are evaluated to determine whether they should be considered for a full-time seminary teaching position with S&I.

What if I do not live close to a preservice center?

If you live in an area where no S&I preservice center is available, you may also be considered for employment after:

  • Successful completion of approved preservice training coursework.

  • Completing at least one year as a successful called seminary teacher.

  • Being observed and recommended by the local S&I coordinator.

  • Being evaluated by an S&I preservice representative.

What are the chances of being hired as a full-time seminary teacher and starting a career with S&I?

The number of openings for seminary teachers varies from year to year, but typically the number of applicants far exceeds the number of openings. It would be wise to have other alternatives in mind in case a career with S&I does not develop.

 To whom should I direct further questions?

Address further questions to one of the preservice centers (see below) or to a local S&I coordinator.

S&I Preservice Training Office
       50 East North Temple Street, Floor 9
       Salt Lake City, UT 84150-2731

      Institute of Religion
      1308 S. Dobson Road
      Mesa, AZ 85202

      Institute of Religion
      1929 University Dr.
      Boise, ID 83706

Brigham Young University
      Department of Religious Education
      207 JSB/BYU
      Provo, UT 84602

Brigham Young University–Idaho
      Department of Religious Education
      Hinckley Building 207
      Rexburg, ID 83460-1920

Cedar City
      Institute of Religion
      650 West Center
      Cedar City, UT 84720

      Institute of Religion
      600 Darwin Avenue
      Logan, UT 84321

      Institute of Religion
      1302 Edvalson Street
      Ogden, UT 84403

      Institute of Religion
      785 West College Drive
      Orem, UT 84058

      Institute of Religion
      P.O. Box 8132
      1011 East Carter
      Pocatello, ID 83209

 Salt Lake City
      Institute of Religion (U of U)
      1780 East South Campus Drive
      Salt Lake City, UT 84112

St. George
      Institute of Religion
      943 East 400 South
      St. George, UT 84770