Tusculum ranks high in teacher preparation ratings in Tennessee

Tusculum is among the Tennessee institutions doing a good job in producing public school teachers according to a recent report in Tennessee.

Tusculum received a 3 on a 4-point scale in the just-released 2017 Tennessee Teacher Preparation Report Card from the Tennessee Department of Education.

The report card, released Thursday, ranks 39 schools with an overall performance grade, based on a composite of candidate profile, employment and program impact.

Tusculum received a grade of three overall, as well as a three in both employment and program impact.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the College of Education, this year’s score is a marked improvement over the 2 received in this rating the previous year.

“We are pleased to see this significant improvement and are proud to be ranked above many other programs in our region. Our continuous improvement efforts are ongoing, and we are working hard to ensure that all of our graduates are prepared to be highly effective teachers,” said Dr. Hunsader.

She added, “The mission of the education/interdisciplinary studies major and professional education programs at Tusculum is to prepare teachers who are committed to excellence in education and who are confident in their abilities to assume leadership as educators and citizens in the communities where they live and work.”

The full list and background information, including 2016 scores, is available online at http://teacherprepreportcard.tn.gov/.

For more information on Tusculum’s education programs, call 423.636.7312 or visit www.tusculum.edu.