Radford ranks nationally in teacher prep survey
Radford University has earned top national marks in an examination of university teacher preparation programs released this week by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).
The NCTQ’s inaugural Teacher Prep Review ranked Radford University as one of only 13 programs in the United States with "multiple strong programs." RU received three out of four stars for its graduate programs that specialize in elementary and secondary education. According to the NCTQ, the study examined 1,130 institutions that prepare 99 percent of the "nation’s traditionally trained new teachers." The program took eight years and 10 pilot studies to develop.
"I am so pleased that Radford University has received such national distinction," said RU President Penelope W. Kyle. "RU’s teacher education programs have a long-established legacy and well-known reputation for excellence. I think the study’s findings recognize our dedicated faculty as well as the students who are committed to becoming future educators."
"Programs that earn three- or four-star ratings require coursework and clinical practice that make their teacher graduates better prepared to handle classroom responsibilities than they would have been without such preparation," the report noted.
The full Teacher Prep Review can be found on the National Council on Teacher Quality website at www.nctq.org.
Learn more about Radford University at www.radford.edu.