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Notre Dame College Teacher Education Recognized by State of Ohio

Notre Dame College’s teacher education programs have been recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents for meeting and exceeding several state performance metrics.

In its first comprehensive ratings for educator preparation programs, the Board of Regents notes all 189 Notre Dame students who took the teacher licensure test passed the exam. The College was cited in local media as one of only two institutions in Northeast Ohio to earn a 100 percent teacher licensure exam passage rate for 2010-2011, the most recent year for which the state has made ratings available.

The report also notes that all of the Notre Dame College newly licensed teachers employed in Ohio add value by helping their students reach annual progress goals. Those teachers tracked in the state's public school system have either met the required value added standard or exceed the standard.

Additionally, Notre Dame-prepared teachers are lauded in the report for working in schools considered in academic emergency and on academic watch and in educational institutions that serve high poverty and high minority student populations.

“At Notre Dame College, our mission is to transform our students and to educate, prepare and inspire them to transform the world,” said Sister Carol Ziegler, the accreditation chair for Notre Dame’s education department. “To see so many of our students are effective teachers in typically underserved schools where students require extra support and assistance is heartening.”

In the state performance ratings, Notre Dame student teachers also highly rank the education they received─and the professors who taught them ─at the College.

The Board of Regents metrics include a survey of pre-service teachers, in which the College received satisfaction ratings at or above the state average in all 47 different areas. Notre Dame-trained educators report positive interactions with supportive faculty and strong preparation in understanding pupils from diverse cultures and communicating with families and caregivers, among other measures.

“We also are pleased to see Notre Dame students report high regard for education faculty, both their core and adjunct professors,” Ziegler said. “The College draws on faculty at the forefront of their fields with regard to the scholarship of teaching, instructors from local school districts who are immersed in the needs of schools today─like literacy specialists, school counselors and collaborative teaming experts who focus on the role family members play in student development.”

Notre Dame’sDivision of Professional Education  offers undergraduate, graduate and Teacher Education Evening Licensure (TEEL) programs leading to Ohio licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, special education, adolescent/young adult and multi-age education.