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MSU ranks first in KY, looking to improve student teaching program

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MURRAY, KY - Preparing students to eventually teach our children.  A new report highlights some concerns for one local state. A new National Council on Teacher Quality or NCTQ report shows there is not a single Kentucky college or university that meets its standards for student teaching.

The NCTQ is an agency that focuses on teacher education reform.  The agency said student teaching is the most difficult standard to meet with only five percent of the nation's universities and colleges reaching the standards.  In total, there are 14 different standards ranging from content and student teaching to lesson planning.

The NCTQ looked at more than a thousand programs across the nation. Murray State University's elementary program ranked 47th in the nation and number one in the state. The Department of Education Dean David Whaley said although the rankings are high, there is one particular category that was rated low.

Whaley said MSU fell two points short of meeting the standards for student teaching.

"They are challenging. There are a number of standards we will work hard on with regard to our program. NCTQ has provided a high bar for us to reach," said Whaley.

However, Whaley said overall he is confident in their education program.

"When you think about the number of programs and who they are at what institutions and how we fared against those other institutions. Our overall rankings are huge, we are still celebrating," said Whaley.

Whaley said the study is a reason to improve and make their program only better.

Whaley said he is pleased with the results, but believes the program should have received full points for the student teaching category.  He said his plan is to respond to the NCTQ and see if they will understand and change MSU's rating for the one particular category.

In Illinois, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale ranked 327th for its undergraduate program for aspiring elementary school teachers.  Its program for secondary school teachers came at 356th.  

For Southeast Missouri State University,  its undergraduate program for aspiring elementary school teachers came in at 144.  Its program for secondary program ranked lower at 368.

In Tennessee, we looked up the ranking for UT Martin.  Its graduate program for elementary school teachers came at number 345, while the one for secondary school teachers came at 57.

Austin Peay's undergraduate program ranked much higher on the list.  Its program for elementary school teachers came at number 55 while the one for secondary schools came at number 12.

The full report can be read here.

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