UNCG’s School of Education ranked among the nation’s best education schools in the most recent US News and World Report survey. Employer satisfaction played a key role in that strong showing, says the school’s dean, Dr. Karen Wixson.
When surveyed in 2012, employers of UNCG teacher education graduates reported that these teachers are knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach, understand state and national expectations for student achievement, and are well prepared to work with families and colleagues to promote student learning. Overall, employers rated their satisfaction with graduates of UNCG programs 3.44 out of 4.
Other data show that students entering UNCG teacher preparation programs have strong test scores and GPAs from their first two years of study in their major fields. While UNCG teacher education programs typically require a minimum 2.5 to 2.75 grade point average for admission, applicants actually begin their programs with a significantly higher average GPA of 3.27.
By Michelle Hines