Teacher Education Program Ranks in Top 9 Percent Nationally

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Eastern Kentucky University’s teacher education program has received national honors.

The University’s undergraduate program to prepare students to teach at the secondary level ranks in the top 9 percent nationally, according to a report issued today by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and U.S. News & World Report. The joint report measures the level of quality and success of institutions that prepare 99 percent of the nation’s traditionally trained new teachers. Of the 1,200 elementary and secondary programs for which NCTQ was able to assign an overall program rating, only 105 programs made the Honor Roll by earning at least 3 stars out of a possible 4.

The EKU program was one of only four programs at three Kentucky universities to make the Honor Roll. Only two institutions nationwide – neither in Kentucky – earned 4 stars.

“As the product of eight years of development and ten pilot studies, the standards applied here are derived from strong research, the practices of high-performing nations and states, consensus views of experts, the demands of the Common Core State Standards (and other standards for college and career readiness) and occasionally just common sense, such as our insistence that student teachers be trained only by effective teachers,” the report stated.  “(The standards) are entirely consistent with the recommendations of the National Research Council in its 2010 report.

“Breathing new life into teaching requires that we begin at the beginning: who gets in and what kind of training is provided.”

Eastern’s other teacher education programs all received 2 or 2 ½ stars, still ahead of hundreds of institutions nationwide. For more information about programs offered by the EKU College of Education, visit coe.eku.edu.

The complete NCTQ report can be seen at www.nctq.org/dmsView/Teacher_Prep_Review_2013_Report-tsv2013618105017.

Published on June 18, 2013