The National Council on Teacher Quality, in its yearly assessment of the nation’s 2400 teacher prep programs, ranked Colorado Christian University 51st in the United States. Specifically focused on CCU’s elementary education program, the NCTQ report found that CCU’s program requires “coursework and practice that make their teacher graduates better prepared to handle classroom responsibilities.
”“We strive to provide the very best teacher training possible,” said Dr. Debora Scheffel, dean of the School of Education at CCU. “Our students begin formal practicum work during their first year at the university, and many of their courses require additional field hours in specific content areas. We prepare them to create dynamic learning environments for children, using the latest research-based practices. Our professional program emphasizes data-driven instruction, and our teacher candidates are evaluated on the basis of performance outcomes.
“Additionally, our focus on Christian servant leadership helps us produce engaged graduates who establish professional relationships with nearby school districts, positively impacting the lives of youth.”
Colorado Christian University’s elementary education program is ranked second in the state of Colorado, behind only CU-Boulder in the NCTQ rankings.
The NCTQ specifically looks at the student teaching experience, along with the early reading, mathematics preparation, and classroom management, among other criteria. These standards are built on the best practices of other nations, top performing states, and, mostly, on what superintendents and principals look for in teachers they hire.
“CCU’s program stands out for its small class sizes, ensuring close attention not only from class professors, but also from expert affiliate faculty who help students apply what they are learning during their field experiences,” noted Scheffel. “We also have an excellent alumni network, especially in the Front Range area – education professionals who partner with us in mentoring the next generation of teachers.
”The NCTQ is a non-partisan organization that works for reform and quality in schools across the U.S. It strives to bring transparency and increase public awareness in how the teaching profession recruits, prepares, retains, and compensates teachers.
To find out more about the National Council on Teacher Quality 2014 Teacher Prep report, visit nctq.org. For more about CCU’s School of Education, go to ccu.edu/education.