The Anderson University School of Education recently reported that more than 98 percent of student teachers who graduated in May 2007 have found employment. The job placement percentage reflects undergraduate students studying through the School of Education and students in Teach for Indiana Program (TIP) program that provides a full time 10-month alternative licensing program for candidates with a baccalaureate degree who would like to teach elementary (K-5) or secondary (6-12) students.
These results confirm our long-held belief that Anderson University Teaching graduates enter the profession with the skills they need to be competitive in the job market,” said Dr. Diana Ross, dean of the School of Education at Anderson University. “It is not unusual to have principals call me to say how impressed they are with an AU graduate and ask if we have others they can interview. What they say is, your graduates talk like a teacher already, they come prepared with the latest research and practices for the classroom. We are moving toward all of our students having a year-long student teaching experience which we believe will give them even more of a competitive edge.”
More than 78 percent of the student reported in the statistics found employment in State of Indiana. The majority of students expressed a desire to work in Indiana after graduation.
“I've worked with graduation statistics for over 7 years now, comparing our graduates to graduates from other schools,” said Jo DuMontelle, director of Career Development at Anderson University. “This placement rate truly reflects the dedication our School of Education has for our graduates. They are serious about graduating teachers of exceptional skill and character. They are passionate about helping graduates find their fit into the best school systems in the country.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.