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AN EFFECTIVE TEACHING PROGRAM

 

The College of Education (COE) at North Greenville University believes that an effective teaching program is one that prepares teacher candidates to be educators that seek to inspire future generations to love learning; to invest in learning themselves so they can remain effective in the classroom; and, most importantly, to impact communities. Our teacher candidates become effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners. The education programs at North Greenville University agree that effective teaching will ultimately place the student first. We seek to understand what exceptional teaching looks like, and then align our course work and clinical experiences around that understanding. Ultimately, the COE at North Greenville University has high expectations for our teacher candidate preparation, which includes the use of data for program improvement.

 

Praxis II Licensure Data

 

The Praxis II Content Area and Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). These tests must be passed for teacher candidates to be licensed South Carolina. Pass rates are reported by ETS. The College of Education at North Greenville University requires all candidates to pass both tests before qualifying to student teach. Therefore, the pass rate for program completers is 100%.

 

NGU Program Completer Average GPA

 

The required GPA for teacher candidates in South Carolina is 2.75.

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
3.60 3.65 3.55 3.47 3.67
 

 

NGU Completer Placement Patterns

 

NGU Completers are consistently hired in education positions for which they have been prepared. Self-report data indicate that 100% of completers who seek employment in P-12 schools have been hired. In the year 2017-2018, 98% of completers accepted full-time employment in their fields of study. The one completer who is not employed full-time chose to substitute teach in order to maintain a flexible schedule.

 

Year # of Graduates # in Teaching % Teaching # in Grad School % in Grad School Other % Other Unknown
13-14 55 47 85% 3 5% 4 7% 1
14-15 65 59 91% 2 3% 2 3% 2
15-16 39 33 85% 2 5% 3 8% 1
16-17 63 54 86% 1 1% 5 8% 1
17-18 43 42 98% 0 0% 1 2% 0
 

Average Teacher Salaries

 

SC Teacher Salary Schedule

CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) has eight annual reporting measures, which are used to provide information to the public on program outcome and program impact. 

Below are the eight reporting measures for our initial certification programs with links to supporting evidence for each measure:

1. IMPACT ON P-12 LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

The Graduates’ Impact Survey is sent to completers who have 1, 2, and 3 years of teaching experience. The data from each completer includes 2 means of determining student growth. Measure 1 is each teacher’s class SLO, and Measure 2 is a test/unit recognized by the school district as evidence of student learning. For each test, the completer reports # of students tested, class average, high and low scores, % of students who reached goals, % of students who showed gains, how the data are used to improve instruction and/or differentiation, and explanation of any outliers. Since the completers are located across districts and states, it is difficult to choose area-wide tests. Therefore, % who showed gain is used to compare/demonstrate effect on student-learning growth across all completers. In the instances where state standard assessments are used, comparisons are also made to the district and state.

The Administrator Verification and Evaluation Survey verifies the data received via self-report from the graduates.

2. INDICATORS OF TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS

In South Carolina all teachers must pass the ADEPT evaluation within the first 3 years of employment. The ADEPT evaluation is required to progress from induction certification to full certification. These evaluations are administered by a team of trained individuals who use detailed rubrics and data. This collaboration delivers reliable evidence that NGU completers are effective in the classroom. Teachers who are not effective in impacting student learning are not awarded full certification.

In the Administer Verification and Evaluation Survey administrators verify graduates’ report of impact on student learning and rate their satisfaction with graduates’ teaching effectiveness in the following areas: planning, instruction capability, and classroom management, impact on student learning, professionalism, and overall satisfaction.

3. SATISFACTION OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYMENT MILESTONES

The Administrator’s Survey is distributed annually to school administrators in districts where graduates are employed. These surveys measure employer satisfaction with the preparation of the North Greenville University College of Education completers for their assigned responsibilities in working with P-12 students. They are asked to rate graduates in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years of teaching.

4. COMPLETER SATISFACTION

The Graduate’s Survey is distributed annually to teacher education graduates to measure their satisfaction with the teacher preparation program and to measure how well prepared they feel for their assigned responsibilities working with P-12 students.

5. GRADUATION RATES

6. ABILITY OF COMPLETERS TO MEET LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND ADDITIONAL STATE REQUIREMENTS

100% of NGU program completers meet licensing requirements and state requirements.

7. ABILITY OF COMPLETERS TO BE HIRED IN EDUCATION POSITIONS FOR WHICH THEY HAVE PREPARED

Self-report data indicate that 100% of completers who seek employment in P-12 schools have been hired.

8. LOAN DEFAULT RATE AND OTHER CONSUMER INFORMATION

The Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education reports the NGU student loan default rate for all programs, including baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels,  as one cohort.

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