While educators are worried about teacher shortages in Utah, a program this fall could help by training future teachers even earlier.
It can be hard to finish a teaching degree and license in four years, but the University of Utah is making it easier by allowing students to get their first two years of coursework done earlier at Salt Lake Community College. That coursework then counts toward a four-year degree at the U of U.
"We couldn't be more proud and excited about the collaboration that's going on," said Mary Burbank, the director of the U's Department of Secondary Education.
She says the teacher prep academy course in the Salt Lake School District offered at SLCC is an exciting portion of the program.
"That will allow high school students to take a course that is recognized by SLCC and that we then recognize," she said.
That will put those high school students on the path of becoming teachers earlier in life.
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