Teacher prep program designated 'exemplary' by Michigan Department of Education

October 2, 2013
College of Education, Health, and Human Services

For the fifth consecutive year, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s teacher preparation program has been designated as Exemplary—the highest category available—by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

The university’s score of 63 out of 70 placed it sixth among the 15 public universities in Michigan. UM-Dearborn had the second-highest program completion rate and the second-highest percentage of teacher candidates in high-need subject areas among all exemplary programs.

“I am extremely pleased that our professional teacher preparation program has again been recognized as one of the best in Michigan,” said Edward A. Silver, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor of Education.

“As we begin the process of adding health related programs to the College, we are proud of the continued strength of our education programs. I congratulate the faculty and staff who work with our students, who will soon be making an impact as the next generation of teachers, for this important recognition, which is a tribute to their hard work.”

MDE developed criteria for ranking each of the state’s teacher-preparation programs to comply with Title II, Section 208(a) of the Higher Education Act. Criteria include test scores from the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), efficacy surveys of teacher candidates and student-teacher supervisors, periodic program reviews, program completion rates, diversity among candidates and preparation of teachers in high-need subject areas including special education, math, science and world languages.

MDE ranks more than 30 programs in the state each year, including programs at private and public colleges and universities. Programs were divided into four categories—Low Performing, At-Risk, Satisfactory and Exemplary—with scores ranging from 33 to 70.

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