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School of Education earns an 'A' from National Council for Teacher Quality

Published Jan. 29, 2020

The National Council on Teacher Quality released its new scores for the 2020 Teacher Prep Review, specifically on the preparation programs provide to elementary teacher candidates in how to teach children to read.


The University of Louisiana Monroe received an A grade for its Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (grades 1-5).

“Our ULM School of Education is thrilled to be recognized for the strong preparation in reading instruction that our program provides to our teacher candidates,” stated director of the School of Education Myra Lovett, Ed.D., “We are proud of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to ensure the excellence of our programs as we prepare candidates to become teachers and appreciate the recognition given by NCTQ.”

This grade is only given to about a quarter of programs nationwide.

University of Louisiana Monroe’s Elementary Education program was credited with providing a combination of the following criteria:

  • Explicit instruction on each of the five components of reading instruction;
  • Support for instruction with high-quality textbooks that accurately detail established principles of scientifically-based reading practices; and,
  • Evidence that teacher candidates must demonstrate mastery through in-class assignments, tests, and fieldwork. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs Alberto Ruiz, Ed.D., stated, “I congratulate the School of Education and the College of Arts, Education, Sciences for achieving this recognition. It is no easy task to reach the standards defined by NCTQ, and our faculty and staff in the School of Education have tailored the education programs at ULM to guarantee our graduates enter the teaching field prepared. They have done an excellent job.”

ULM is one of only nine education programs in the state of Louisiana to receive an A grade.


Other news from the ULM School of Education:

ULM first in state to offer Pre-Educator Pathway to high school students

School of Education partnering with area school districts to encourage next generation of teachers