The Alpine School District will participate in a one-year trial of a new privately owned program that will train individuals in the classroom for teacher certification or re-certification.

Barrett Elementary School, American Fork, will be the pilot location for the program, which will be launched this fall. Teachers at the school will attend training sessions Aug. 8 and 9. Observers from other states also will attend.The Professional School of Education of Utah, founded by Dr. Richard Kay, an educational consultant and teacher educator, is pioneering the concept in Utah. It is also being implemented in Oregon and Idaho, and other states have expressed interest, he said.

The program has received approval from the Utah State Office of Education for one year, said Roger Mouritsen, state coordinator of certification and teacher training. Alpine District is to report its evaluations of the program to the state office after the first year of operation. Principals who hire teachers out of the program also are to report their observations to the state office.

"We are interested in seeing how it will work," said Mouritsen.

Teachers coming out of the private program will have to meet state certification standards.

Alpine District officials also are interested in the results of the new approach to teacher training.

It will give administrative personnel "extended opportunities to observe trainees as potential teachers in the district." The trainees, on the other hand, will have an opportunity to learn first-hand how they might fit into the district's programs.

Kay's training program is individualized and puts a trainee directly into the classroom with a mentor teacher. He expects that it will attract people who otherwise might not select education as a career.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Currently active educators who want to enhance their skills, or teachers who have allowed their certification to lapse also are candidates.

The program is totally supported by student tuitions, which are comparable to those paid a college or university, Kay said. No tax-generated funds are involved.

For information, call 263-5575.