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Lipscomb again named one of the nation's top teacher prep programs by NCTQ

The Lipscomb University College of Education is once again at the head of the class for preparing future teachers to be successful in the classroom.

Kim Chaudoin  | 

Teacher reads book to group of elementary school children.

Lipscomb's teacher prep program has once again been named one of the the top in the nation by NCTQ.

Lipscomb University’s undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program has been named one of the top in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The Lipscomb College of Education’s teacher preparation program is consistently ranked among the top in the nation by NCTQ.

Lipscomb was one of 120 undergraduate programs that excel in preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of their future classrooms included in a book released this month by NCTQ, Start Here to Become a Teacher. Using nearly two decades of extensive research in teacher preparation, NCTQ assessed programs on critical, evidence-based measures, including: rigorous admissions process; emphasis on research-based approaches to teaching reading and math for elementary candidates; content knowledge for secondary candidates; training in classroom management strategies that work for all students; and quality student teaching experiences. 

On its score card of secondary indicators of quality, Lipscomb received a grade of A+ in the rigorous admissions process category and an A grade in the content admissions process, high-quality practice teaching, and learning to manage the classroom categories. 

“This recognition is affirmation of the selectivity and high quality of the students in our program,” said Deborah Boyd, dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Education. “It is also a reflection of the hard work day in and day out of our faculty, staff and administration who strive for quality and excellence in all aspects of our program and who are determined to be one of the most effective in the country in preparing teachers to be successful in the classroom which will positively impact countless students. We have a strong track record of preparing teachers to perform at the highest levels, and this ranking is one measure of the effectiveness of our program.” 

In the study, NCTQ reviewed 872 undergraduate programs across the country to determine the top programs for aspiring teachers.
 

Educators learn new teaching methods using math models.

Educators learn new teaching methods using math models at a professional development workshop.

“The universities named in Start Here are exemplary in their dedication to training the next generation of great teachers,” says Kate Walsh, NCTQ president and book author. “We commend these institutions for the thoughtful manner in which they’ve grounded their approach to teacher preparation in what research shows to actually be effective.”

This is the latest recognition of the quality and effectiveness of Lipscomb’s teacher preparation program. In March Lipscomb University’s College of Education was once again been recognized as one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the state as it earned top scores on the 2018 Teacher Preparation Report Card released this spring by the Tennessee State Board of Education. This year’s report marks the eighth consecutive year that state data on the effectiveness of new Tennessee teachers indicates Lipscomb’s College of Education is once again one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the state.

The report card, released in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of how Tennessee colleges and universities that offer education programs and other teacher preparation providers are training new teachers for success in Tennessee’s classrooms. The Lipscomb University College of Education’s teacher preparation program received one of the highest scores of any university in the state on the report, with a near-perfect score in the employment category, and received the top score level in all three categories studied in the annual report card — candidate profile, employment and provider impact.

On its score card of secondary indicators of quality, Lipscomb received a grade of A+ in the rigorous admissions process category and an A grade in the content admissions process, high-quality practice teaching, and learning to manage the classroom categories.
Student teachers interact with students in the classroom.

Lipscomb's College of Education offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in addition to professional development for current and aspiring educators.

Earlier this month,  Lipscomb’s College of Education was awarded a $2.49 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop an innovative leadership development program for principals focused on character, academic excellence and business acumen in the rising generation of leaders.

The Kern Family Foundation is an organization that invests in systemic change to enrich American lives through sustainable programs focused on forming good character, providing quality education, instilling an entrepreneurial mindset, and rediscovering the value of work.  

Lipscomb’s Reimagining Principal Preparation program is a unique approach to K-12 leadership training that will incorporate character education, leadership development, business acumen and conflict management among other key components in a collaboration led by Lipscomb’s College of Education with the institution’s nationally ranked College of Business and Institute for Conflict Management. 

The initial focus of the program is to reach Tennessee schools and districts that do not have existing resources to develop internal leadership programs with the long-term goal of expanding the model as well. The five-year Kern Family Foundation grant awarded to Lipscomb will support the new Reimagining Principal Preparation program, including resources as the college develops the program and scholarships for attendees among other programmatic needs. 

In 2015, the College of Education was ranked the No. 15 best value in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality. In addition, the college was ranked among NCTQ's 35 "Top Colleges for Content Preparation" in the nation. The College of Education was named the 2016 Model of Excellence in Partnerships by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education among numerous other state and national honors in recent years. 
 
Want to know more about Lipscomb University’s College of Education? Visit education.lipscomb.edu.