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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Citing evidence-based instruction and sound leadership, College Choice ranked The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education fifth in the nation, second in Texas, and first in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for undergraduate teacher preparation programs.
“UTA graduates are meeting the needs of future generations of Texans,” said College of Education Dean Teresa Doughty, who joined UTA in August 2016 from Purdue University, which was ranked number one in the College Choice list. “Leading edge programs and talented faculty members within the College of Education ensure that teachers who learn the trade at UTA enter the workforce prepared to contribute on day one.”
The College of Education’s undergraduate and graduate students are the backbone of public education in North Texas, serving as principals, superintendents and administrators and highly effective teachers in schools and districts. The college prepares doctoral students to serve in university classrooms and as administrators in higher education and offers a nationally recognized master’s program in educational leadership and policy study. The National Council on Teacher Quality recently listed UTA’s programs in the top three percent of the nation.
“I am proud to hear of another impressive ranking for The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education,” said state Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie. “It’s clear this university understands its role in producing top notch graduates who can shape the lives of young Texans for generations to come.” UTA boasts almost a 100 percent placement rate of students who complete the teacher certification program.
New teacher academy partnerships with Grand Prairie and Arlington school districts will add significantly to the number of highly trained UTA graduates in North Texas classrooms. Over 150 high achieving high school students will enter these programs each year, earn dual credit, and be on a seamless path to a bachelor’s degree and a guaranteed instructional position after they graduate from UTA.
UTA’s highly regarded teacher preparation program requires an extensive amount of early field experiences in PreK-12th grade classrooms, and UTA students spend nearly 200 hours in local elementary school classrooms prior to a 16-week full-time student teaching assignment. “The hours spent in structured field placements is directly related to teacher effectiveness and retention,” said Doughty, noting that research supports increased field experiences as key to preparing future teachers.
“Our classrooms are filled with effective and energized teachers who graduated from UTA,” said Grand Prairie Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Simpson Hull. “The College of Education does a tremendous job preparing educators. We see and feel the impact every day.”
The Texas Education Agency says between 2006 and 2016, the number of Texas students struggling to speak English grew by 50 percent, but the number of bilingual teachers declined from 25,000 to 20,000. UTA is quickly responding to this and a similar shortage in special education teachers with undergraduate coursework leading to certification in bilingual education/ELL (English Language Learning) and special education to begin this fall. A master’s program in special education is planned to launch in January 2018.
U.S. News and World Report ranks the college No. 112 in its 2018 Best Graduate Schools list while the online graduate program is ranked No. 56. Educational Leadership Degree Programs ranked UTA’s online Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy as No. 1 in the nation in 2016 while Valuecolleges.com ranked the online Master of Education program as No. 2 in the nation in 2016.