FAU Teacher Prep Program Ranked No. 1 in the State

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By teresa crane | 4/5/2021

Florida Atlantic University ’s  Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading program shares the No. 1 ranking for teacher prep programs in the state of Florida. Findings for 2020 were published in an annual report prepared for the Florida Department of Education by Education Counsel. “Florida Teacher Preparation Programs: A Summary and Analysis of Program Performance” reported the results of each approved teacher preparation program’s annual progress on established performance measures, as well as each program’s current approval status.

“The College of Education does an outstanding job preparing teachers for public schools.  We are thrilled that the Florida Department of Education has documented the success of our students — taught by a first-rate faculty — who are improving the lives of K-12 students throughout South Florida and beyond,” said Stephen Silverman, Ed.D., dean of FAU College of Education.

At the elementary level, the top-ranked program was Elementary Education/ ESOL/Reading offered by FAU College of Education. The third largest program reviewed, Elementary/ESOL/Reading had the greatest increase in summative score, rising from a 2.6 in 2019 to a 3.8 this year, the highest overall summative score for 2020. In addition, it was one of two programs to earn the highest score of 4.0 for student learning growth on state wide assessments.

“These incredible rankings are the result of hard work on the part of our students and our dedicated faculty. Their unwavering commitment to quality has been the driving force in achieving this impressive accomplishment,” said Paul Peluso, Ph.D., interim chair of FAU Teaching and Learning.

For 2020, there were 91 providers of 397 teacher preparation programs in Florida. FAU offers 15 teacher preparation programs. To learn more about teacher prep at FAU, visit FAU | Department of Teaching and Learning.