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Teacher Assistant Pathway to Teaching (TAPT)

TAPT is a unique program that provides paraeducators, also known as teacher assistants, the financial support and mentoring needed to become fully licensed teachers. The purpose of the TAPT program is to provide a path for Special Education, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or other employed school district personnel to become highly qualified, skilled teachers in area schools.

New applicants are added twice a year as funding becomes available. For more information, see the application qualifications at the bottom of the page.

Applications are not being taken at this time.


The TAPT Program exists because of the generosity of private donors and the Utah State Board of Education. These donors not only helped start the program but have also contributed throughout its history.

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The TAPT program began 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. And that need for teachers? Well, it still exists today.

The program survives because of the generosity of private donors and the Utah State Board of Education who not only helped start the program, but have also been contributors along the way. Our donors make everything possible. Without them, we could not continue on our path to provide these opportunities for our paraprofessionals or provide the necessary support to the teacher shortage that we face in our community.

Additionally, it’s much more than just the scholarship that our students gain. New participants receive mentoring from experienced participants and current participants meet together monthly. The emotional, academic, and personal support they receive from others in the program is invaluable. We invite you to discover more about the impact on our students by clicking their images below.

Participant Requirements

  • Meet WSU admission standards
  • Complete WSU full application process (includes securing “W” number and taking the Accuplacer Test prior to registration)
  • Register for courses leading to teacher licensure
  • Pay all student fees, transcript fees, developmental fees or lab fees
  • Submit annual applications for scholarships and financial aid
  • Attend all monthly TAPT training sessions
  • Submit annual evaluations
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA




Application Qualifications

  • Be a paid teaching assistant in a qualifying school district
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor and one from a district level administrator or principal)
  • Submit evidence of district employment
  • Show willingness to work with students who are from varied backgrounds different from one’s own
  • Submit high school diploma or equivalency
  • Must not have a bachelor’s degree



Shirley Dawson

Program Director

Daniel Hubler

Packer Center Director

Nathan Bingham

Administrative Specialist