Trevecca Rated Among Tennessee’s Best Schools for Teacher Education by State Board

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Trevecca Rated Among Tennessee’s Best Schools for Teacher Education by State Board

Trevecca Nazarene University’s School of Education has received the highest possible rating on the Tennessee State Board of Education’s 2023 Educator Preparation Report Card.

The annual assessment, which is required under state law, evaluates how well Tennessee college and university education programs are preparing teachers for success in the classroom. It takes into account growth and observation scores and the placement and retention of recent education graduates in Tennessee public schools.

“We strive to ensure our graduates are not only well-prepared for their careers, but able to make a positive impact in the communities they serve,” said Dr. Suzann Harris, dean of Trevecca’s School of Education. “Teachers develop and shape our future by equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their education and life. We are proud to know Trevecca graduates are excelling at this in their classrooms.”

The report card evaluates graduates from 42 university and college teaching programs in Tennessee. Trevecca’s teacher preparation program was one of 10 programs statewide to earn an 'exceeds expectations' rating. This was the first year since before the COVID-19 pandemic that the Report Card rated colleges and universities based on the effectiveness of their graduates in the classroom.

Trevecca offers undergraduate education degrees for the following academic endorsements:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education - Interventionist
  • Special Education - Vision
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • General Music/Instrumental
  • General Music/Vocal
  • Health and Wellness
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Theatre

Trevecca also offers graduate degrees that prepare teachers for successful careers. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in educational leadership trains educators to prepare effective curriculum, use data to improve student learning and become successful school leaders. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) helps college graduates earn licensure and transition into a teaching career from other degrees or professions. The MLIS prepares school librarians in a nationally recognized program.

“Even with these high marks, we will continue to strive to look for ways to advance and improve our teaching programs,” Harris said. “We want to do our part to ensure students in Tennessee schools receive an education of the highest quality.”