Teacher Education at AU reports 100 percent pass rate

Mon, 2007-03-19 10:13 -- univcomm
March 19, 2007

The Teacher Education Preparation program at Anderson University has reported a 100 percent pass rate for candidates completing program certification requirements for Indiana teacher certification. Anderson University’s recent Title II report shows that AU students taking the Praxis II Teacher licensing exams scored higher than the statewide rate of 98 percent.

“This excellent pass rate testifies to the quality of our students, the education faculty, as well as the quality of the program itself,” said Dr. Diana Ross, dean of the School of Education at Anderson University. “In line with the university’s mission, the School of Education seeks to produce teachers of excellence by integrating learning and Christian faith to prepare professional educators for effective teaching and service in a global society.”

The pass rate for 2005-2006 was recently released in response to accountability measures required by Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The measures include reporting requirements for institutions and states on teacher preparation and licensing. The primary purpose of the HEA Title II passing rate report is to provide institutions with an indicator of the effectiveness of program improvements and teacher preparation programs.

The School of Education program is approved by the Indiana Division of Professional Standards and by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Teacher Education Preparation program is one of the largest undergraduate programs on the AU campus. Students may earn teaching licenses in ten areas including special education, elementary education and secondary content education.

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.