Four University of Utah teacher training programs that were given only conditional approval by a state evaluation team last year have received a clean bill of health from the State Board of Education.
The programs for elementary education, dance education, science education and counselor training were all considered sub-par after an evaluation, according to a report in August 1989.All have been brought up to the expectations of the state board, which oversees all teacher training programs in the state, said Roger Mouritsen, who heads teacher certification for the state.
Multicultural education, a fifth program that had been questioned in 1989, was dropped by the U., Mouritsen said.
Failure to upgrade the programs could have meant that prospective teachers leaving the U. would have been unable to obtain certification in Utah or 48 other states that honor reciprocity agreements.
The state board accepted Mouritsen's recommendation Friday to fully approve the programs.