NMU Teacher Education Program Ranked Second Highest in Michigan

NMU received an overall score of 68 out of 70 in Michigan Department of Education’s Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores for Academic Year 2007-08, resulting in an “exemplary” classification by the state. Only one other institution, Andrews University, received more points. The rankings are based on scores in several areas. NMU received full points in all categories, except for diversity, as the percentage of students represented by ethnic minorities at NMU is less than the 10% needed to get the five points in this category.

Thirty of the seventy points are awarded for more than a 90% passing rate on the content areas of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC). NMU has a 95% pass rate, among the highest in the state. NMU’s pass rate on the basic skills test is second highest in the state for programs over 15, with only UM-AA having a higher percentage. In the categories of student and supervisor’s evaluation of our programs and students, in the percentage of students who complete NMU’s teacher education program within 6 years of entering the cohort and in preparing teachers for high need areas like special education, math and science, Northern has some of the highest scores in the state.

Dr. Clarken, Director of School of Education, Leadership and Public Service and Associate Dean of Teacher Education at NMU stated, “We are pleased that the state has recognized our program and given it an exemplary rating. We have an outstanding teacher education program. Our faculty, students, alumni and employers have known that for years, and now I hope others will come to know its excellence as well.”

Click here to view the 2007-08 performance scores for Teacher Preparation Institutions.