In a report released earlier this week, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) recognized Arcadia University’s teacher preparation programs. Of 1,200 elementary and secondary education programs evaluated, the School of Education at Arcadia University is ranked in the top nine percent, earning Honor Roll status for its undergraduate programs that prepare students for teaching positions in secondary schools.
“There is hardly any ranking that can capture all the complex quality factors of academic programs. However, NCTQ confirms what we have always known about Arcadia’s Teacher Education,” says Dr. Steve O. Michael, provost of Arcadia University. “We hire the best faculty, adopt dynamic curricula, form effective partnerships with school districts to ensure the best internship experience and to bridge the gap between theories and practice, constantly assess for continuous improvement and are relentless in our pursuit of excellence. At Arcadia, the quality of academic programming is definitely our highest priority.”
The School of Education at Arcadia University consists of the Department of Teaching and Learning; the Department of Curriculum, Cultures and Child/Youth Studies; the Department of Leadership for Educational Equity and Excellence; and the Office of School and Community Collaborations, which focuses on fieldwork, student teaching programs and building partnerships with area school districts.
The School of Education prepares students to teach and lead in educational settings through more than 20 Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved teaching certification programs, as well six graduate-level educational administration certification programs, 15 concentrations for the master of education and seven for the master of arts in education, and a doctoral program in educational leadership. The School of Education also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study program and international teaching experiences.
“Arcadia’s School of Education has a longstanding tradition of preparing well-qualified teachers for K-12 classrooms,” said Dr. Leif Gustavson, interim dean. “Our program hallmarks include a focus on coached and mentored fieldwork and deep practice in proven, as well as new and emerging, pedagogical approaches. We look forward to being part of a comprehensive and collaborative national dialogue about the future of teacher education, the teaching profession and K-12 education.”
The NCTQ’s eight-year report evaluated teacher preparation programs on a variety of ratings, including admission criteria, student teacher placement, reading and math instruction, lesson planning and classroom management skills. To view the entire report, visit nctq.org. The Philadelphia Inquirer published a story on the rankings: http://bit.ly/14fQskW.