The GCU School of Education: Always Learning, Always Improving

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A word from the GCU School of Education:

Georgian Court University is extremely proud of its teacher preparation program, which is rigorous and accredited. We use multiple measures to assess the quality of our teacher education program and formally monitor program effectiveness annually (Teacher Education Accreditation Council Report – TEAC). The Teacher Education Program at GCU has received full continuing accreditation from TEAC each year since its initial accreditation, and its next site visit is scheduled for AY2013-2014. TEAC is the professional accrediting body for colleges and universities, recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. (Note- CAEP merger in progress- Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation)

Georgian Court does and will always support aspiring teachers and the pursuit of academic excellence. We are open to sound, credible standards and want to be challenged by such standards that will help the University better prepare its graduates for tomorrow’s diverse classrooms, aid school districts in knowing where they should target hiring efforts and assist education leaders and policymakers in determining best practices.

In determining the quality of our graduates we use multiple measures:

• Standardized tests (Accuplacer, Praxis I, Praxis II)

• GPA’s

• Course Grades

• Embedded course artifacts, rubrics, portfolios (Taskstream)

• Rating scales (clinical supervisors and cooperating teachers)

• Alumni survey (check satisfaction and preparedness)

Our students know their content. Measured by the scores on Praxis specialty tests; the portfolio of lesson plans in their content area; and the monitoring of their GPA’ as they move through our Gateways.

Our faculty ensures that in all our courses there is a strong focus on learners. Our graduates are dual certified- trained in working with students with special needs; they learn the research based strategies to insure that they practice culturally responsive teaching; they learn to plan instruction effectively for diverse learners; there are multiple field experiences (60 hours; 90 hours; and 15 weeks of student teaching). During these field experiences, cooperating teachers and clinical supervisors comprehensively observe them.

At Georgian Court University, we believe that all students have a right to quality education; that all students are capable of learning, and that all students learn best in classrooms that reflect the social, ethnic, racial, religious, and ability dimensions represented in our society. As a result, all of GCU’s pre-service teacher education integrates the knowledge and skills needed for teaching in general education and special education and leads to eligibility for instructional certificates in both. Our graduates meet the “highly qualified” criteria to teach in general education, inclusive classrooms, and in special education settings. The programs in instruction and educational services are guided by the NJ Professional Standards for Teachers. By the time they have completed their programs, candidates are able to present evidence that they have achieved all standards successfully.

In addition to other evidence and more formal evaluations, we maintain professional connections and relationships with practitioners at all levels, in both public and private schools regionally. We receive solicited and unsolicited feedback about our graduates and program completers frequently. It is overwhelmingly positive. This year alone, we have three student teacher finalists who will represent GCU for the 2013 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award.

Mariah (right) recently completed her student teaching and earned her degree in math and education.

Mariah (right) recently completed her student teaching and earned her degree in math and education.

Read more about the Georgian Court University School of Education and discover more about the success of our graduates. If you’re an alumnus, leave a comment—we’d love to hear more about your own successes in and outside of the classroom as well.

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