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Grantee Name:Utah State Department of Education
Project Name:Utah Transition to Teaching Alternative Program (UTTAP)
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Project Director:Ronald Stanfield 801-538-7978

Utah Transition to Teaching Alternative Program (UTTAP) recruits, trains, licenses, places, and retains teachers for five high-need districts. The project is a collaboration among the Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake Community College, the Utah Educational Network, and five participating school districts. The program is based upon the ten Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. Once participants are employed by one of the districts, advisors review their transcripts and develop a Professional Growth Plan that outlines steps to licensure. The advisors maintain a close working relationship with participants, tracking their progress, solving problems, and providing support. This field-based program provides an innovative, streamlined curriculum of five core competencies, also based on the INTASC principles. Coursework is delivered via distance learning technology at five learning sites, one for each district, with courses delivered on a rotating schedule. Participants also attend workshops tailored to address specific needs. In addition, each participant has a district mentor who coaches them during the three years of the program. During the second year, teachers are required to produce a working portfolio. UTTAP teachers are issued a Utah Professional Educator License-Level 1 in Secondary or Elementary Education upon completion of the pedagogical and subject matter/content requirements listed on their Professional Growth Plan.

Grantee Name:Western Governor's University
Project Name:Transition to Teaching
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Project Director:Janet W. Schnitz 801-993-1819

This grant allows a previous Department of Education Star Schools grant to proceed with the implementation of three degrees and three post-baccalaureate programs, all of which include full teacher certification: a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade); a bachelor's degree in mathematics (fifth through twelfth grade); a bachelor's degree in science (fifth through twelfth grade); and the post-baccalaureate certification programs attendant to those three disciplines (elementary education, secondary math, and secondary science). Recruitment of paraprofessionals is ongoing. WGU provides support services, including administrative services (admissions, course registration, assessment delivery, certification support, and financial aid), plus close mentoring throughout the degree program. Peer support is offered through online learning communities. Continuing online support through mentoring, discussion boards, resume assistance, placement services and focused "web-inars" are provided once students graduate. Partner Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) support participants through the recruitment, application, and placement processes.

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