Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation Program (EC-ATP)

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Name: Barbara Fiechtl
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Office:CPD 214
Address:ECATP Center for Persons with Disabilities 6801 Old Main Hill Logan UT 84322-6801

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Project Context
There is a shortage of licensed Early Childhood Special Education teachers in Utah, particularly in rural districts. Many preschool special education classrooms are staffed by unlicensed teachers or teachers who are licensed in unrelated areas.

To address this problem, USU collaborates with the Utah State Office of Education and participating school districts to increase the number of personnel licensed in ECSE throughout our state by offering the Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation (EC-ATP) program, an off-campus, distance education program which is housed at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU.

Project Focus
The EC-ATP provides the necessary coursework to license educators to work with families and their children, birth to age five, who have disabilities. Students enrolled in the EC-ATP program are employed by school districts as preschool special education teachers on emergency letters of authorization.

Project Services
The EC-ATP program delivers students online courses each semester until they have completed their two-year program. Coursework is supported with a web site (http://www.ecatp.usu.edu) where students can link to course materials, assignments, and obtain information about program requirements.

Students complete practica and student/clinical teaching requirements in their own classroom. Supervision of these students is a collaborative effort between EC-ATP and school district personnel. EC-ATP is funded on a year-to-year basis by the Utah State Office of Education, Services for Students at Risk.

FY 2013 Focus
Forty-six students have graduated from the program since it started in 2006. Another 38 students are currently enrolled in the program.