100% of Recent Education Graduates Are Teaching Now
School’s back in session! And for the third year in a row, every single one of North Greenville University’s recent education graduates are stepping into their own classrooms, making South Carolina’s schools an even better place to learn.
That’s right: as of August 2018, NGU’s College of Education (COE) once again boasts a 100 percent employment rate for seniors who graduated back in May 2018 — a stat very nearly unheard of.
“[It’s] so huge that we can say we have a 100 percent hiring rate!” exudes Spartanburg School District 7 teacher Olivia Owens Medlin (’17), adding why graduates like her have been so ready for their first teaching jobs: “The education professors at NGU are so adamant about preparing us for the future.”
Cassie Curtis Martin (’12) agrees with Medlin that she felt ready for her future after graduating from NGU:
“I chose the secondary education ELA program because I wanted to be ‘career ready’ right out of college. I benefited from my education courses and student teaching requirements [at NGU], because I would later feel prepared and qualified to begin teaching college students as part of my graduate program,” says Martin, now an educator at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.
But it’s not just that NGU’s education graduates are finding in-field jobs; they’re also finding notable success once they enter the teaching field.
During the 2017-18 school year alone, ten of NGU’s COE alumni received recognition in their schools as Teachers of the Year. This brings up the total number of Teacher of the Year awards earned by NGU’s alumni to more than 30 — and that’s just in the past three years!
In addition, four NGU alumni have been recognized with other teaching awards during that timeframe.
“Our three maxims are that we produce candidates who are effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners. As part of their lifelong learning, we continue to work with our graduates and for our graduates even once they’re employed,” says Dr. Jill Branyon, who’s taught in NGU’s COE for more than 15 years. “We want our graduates to make a significant difference in schools in South Carolina and beyond.”
Of course, NGU alumni fill the state’s schools, but they also become exemplary teachers in surrounding states and even learning institutions abroad. Currently, a handful of the estimated 900-plus alumni who have graduated from NGU with an education degree are teaching in international settings.
Whether students desire to teach in China or Charleston, NGU prepares them for their dream teaching job by offering a variety of education degrees:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- English Language Arts Secondary Education
- Mathematics Secondary Education
- Music Education
- Social Studies Secondary Education
- Spanish Education
Learn more about becoming an exceptional educator through one of NGU’s degree programs at ngu.edu/academics.
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