Date: September 19, 2007
In a recent draft performance report by the Michigan Department of Education, the teacher-preparation program in the School of Education at Andrews University was declared "Exemplary." The program scored 66 points out of a possible 70 based on evaluation in six areas, including passing rate on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), teaching success rate, and program completion. Also factored in was the diversity of the student population, as well as diversity of certification areas.
Jim Jeffery, dean of the School of Education, sees the test results as recognition of a solid program. "This rating by the Michigan Department of Education shows the tremendous strength of our undergraduate teacher-preparation program," said Jeffery. "This performance score allows us to hold our heads high among the other 33 teacher-preparation institutions in Michigan." Only Hope College and Oakland University scored higher with a total of 68 points. The other institutions who received 66 points were Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University and University of MichiganDearborn.
Jeffery also notes that the MDE classification of institutions will be reported to the USDE in the State Title II report in October. "This further enhances our reputation as a premier provider of a quality teacher-preparation program," said Jeffery.
Lee Davidson, chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum and associate professor of teaching and learning, saw the strong test scores as an indication of a positive future for the program. "We will continue to strive for excellence in preparing teachers for both denominational and public schools," Davidson said.
The department has seven full-time faculty and approximately 35 students graduate from the program each year. Current student teachers are primarily working in Berrien County, but there are placements as far away as Chicago, Detroit and even New York City.