Education School Scores
High in Effective Teacher Preparation
Samford's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional
Studies has been named a semifinalist by the U.S. Department
of Education in a national awards program for Effective Teacher
The program recognizes "exemplary teacher preparation programs
that provide evidence that their graduates are effective in helping
all students improve their learning."
In keeping with national priorities on reading and mathematics,
the competition focuses on programs that prepare elementary teachers
as well as on programs that prepare middle and/or high school
mathematics teachers for initial certification.
Judges commended Samford for its thorough certification requirements
and the professional success of its graduates. Samford requires
that all teacher education students earn certification in four
areas: early childhood, early childhood special education, elementary
education and elementary special education.
Collected data has shown that Samford graduates make a significant
increase in K-12 student achievement at their schools of employment.
A national awards panel will make recommendations to the U.S.
Department of Education later this fall for programs to be honored