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Teacher Assistant Pathway to Teaching (TAPT)

The TAPT Program was created by the Teacher Education Department in the 1995-96 academic year. The program was initially funded by "Goals 2000" monies received from the Utah State Office of Education. The TAPT Program was at the request from the superintendents of six school districts surrounding Weber State University. Superintendents had a critical need for teachers in their respective districts. Weber State complied with that request and thus the TAPT Program was born. 

Participants must be paid teacher assistants in their respective districts with the desire and commitment to become fully licensed teachers. 
The program continues to add new applicants each year as funding is available. Applications are available from District Representatives.

The TAPT Program exists because of the generosity of private donors and the Utah State Board of Education who not only helped start the program, but also have been contributors along the way.
The TAPT program has a 96% graduation rate, which includes receiving Utah state teaching license.

The TAPT program pays partial in-state tuition, but does not pay student fees, transcript fees, developmental fees or individual lab fees.  



Shirley Dawson
Program Director


Executive Committee

  • Dan Hubler - Packer Center Director
  • Tammy Bush - Administrative Assistant