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School of Education (SOE)

The School of Education offers undergraduate programs that lead to the bachelor of arts degree and to professional teacher certification in Elementary Education, English Language Arts, General Science Education, Mathematics Education, and Physical Education.

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Tuskegee University School of Education                              
Huntington Hall, Suite 202
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Phone: 334-727-8784
Fax: 334-724-3714
E-mail:  mparmer@tuskegee.edu


Impact on P-12 Learning and Development

State survey of first year graduates were asked to rate their opinion of how well Tuskegee University had prepared them for the teaching profession under 21 criterion items.  The chart below represents Tuskegee University teacher education graduates’ responses compared to first year graduates from other statewide institutions. Each item was rated according as to whether the first-year teacher; (1) Strongly Agreed, (2) Agreed, (3) Disagreed and (4) Strongly Disagreed. 

Chart showing the impact on P-12 Learning and Development
 

Synopsis:
Tuskegee University first year graduates either strongly agreed (33%) or agreed (67%) with no disagreed or strongly disagreed. Statewide first year graduates (48%) strongly agreed, (47% agreed, (3%) disagreed and 2% strongly disagreed.

Source: Educator Preparation Institutional Report Card for 2017/2018 Performance on Required Content Knowledge and Pedagogy Tests and Responses to the First-Year Teacher Survey created by the Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

State survey of employers were asked to rate the first-year teacher’s performance as to effectiveness according to 25 criterion items. The chart below represents employer responses comparing Tuskegee University first year graduates to graduates from other statewide institutions. Each item was rated according as to whether or not the first-year teacher was considered as; (1) Teacher Leader – Models and collaborates to improve the classroom and beyond, (2) Effective – Demonstrates competency and independence, (3) Emerging – Demonstrates need for support and (4) Ineffective – Demonstrates a need for remediation.

Chart showing indicators of teaching effectiveness

Synopsis:

Tuskegee University first year teachers received all emerging (67%) and Effective (33%) with no Ineffective or Teacher Leader. Statewide the first year teachers received (11)% Teacher, (35%) Effective, (50 Emerging and (11%) Ineffective.

Source: Educator Preparation Institutional Report Card for 2017/2018 Performance on Required Content Knowledge and Pedagogy Tests and Responses to the First-Year Teacher Survey created by the Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Satisfaction of Employers and Program Completers

Each year teacher education graduates and employers of graduates from Tuskegee University School of Education are surveyed. The surveys are distributed early during the winter semester usually during homecoming for the graduates and during the spring semester for employers either by hard copy or electronic mail.

Both surveys include 26 questions under three categorical areas; (1) Overall, (2) General Studies, (3) Professional Studies and (4) Teaching Field Studies. Both groups receive the same survey. The survey is evaluated by very satisfied, satisfied, partially satisfied, unsatisfied, and very unsatisfied. Below are the cumulative results of the past five academic years.

Chart showing Graduate-Principal survey results for academic years 2014-2018
 

Key: VSP = Very Satisfied Principals, VSG = Very Satisfied Graduates, SP = Satisfied Principals, SG = Satisfied Graduates, NP = Neutral Principals, NG = Neutral Graduates
Count: N = 42 Graduates, N = 31 Principals

Synopsis:
There were no “Unsatisfied” or “Very Unsatisfied” reported, therefore the information was not included in the chart.
The “Very Satisfied” level for graduates was about 9% higher for graduates than principals
The “Satisfied” level for principals was 11% higher than that of graduates
Source: Tuskegee University School of Education developed survey administered to program completers and employers, 2014 - 2018

EdTPA

EdTPA is a relatively new subject-specific assessment with versions in 27 different teaching fields required of all teacher education students. EdTPA involves the production of a video which in turn is evaluated by persons outside of the university. The evaluation includes 18 standards or rubrics under 4 general tasks or categories. A synopsis of Tuskegee University teacher education student (N=11) is below.

Chart showing EdTPA performance
 

  • EdTPA is scored on a 5-point scale and is evaluated on a pass/fail basis
  • The range between the highest and the lowest average score is 1.06 (2:27:3.33)
  • Students performed highest on rubrics 12 & 17
    • Providing Feedback to Guide Further Learning
    • Analyzing Individual Student Work Samples
  • Students performed the lowest on rubrics 4 & 18
    • Identifying and Supporting Language Demands
    • Using Evidence to Reflect on Teaching

Source: edTPA Pilot Testing Program 2017/2018

Praxis II

Praxis II Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K-12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. These include Subject Assessments, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Tests and Teaching Foundations Tests.

At Tuskegee University all candidates must pass the exam before engaging in their internship. Thereby, no candidate can receive their teaching license and certification unless they pass the test.

Chart showing Praxis II pass rates

Summary
The pass rate for program graduates is 100%. Of all the students that took the test, 82% passed on the first attempt. Regarding test scores, the average score above the cut score was higher than the average score below the cut score. That is, more students scored in double digits above the cut scores than students scoring in double digits below the cut scores.

Graduation Rates

To date 98% of School of Education candidates, who have been accepted into the professional teacher education, have completed their respective programs and have been licensed and certified to be professional teachers.

Chart showing School of Education graduation rates

Ability of Graduates to Be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Prepared

Each year teacher education graduates from Tuskegee University School of Education are surveyed as to their preparation for their respective teaching professions or their direction after graduation. Included in the survey are questions regarding their employment (1)  Are you currently working in the teaching field, (2) are you currently working in some other area outside of teaching, (3) have to you ever refused to accept a teaching position, (4) are you attending graduate school and not teaching, and (5) are you currently in graduate school and teaching. The table below represents the results:

Employment Survey of Tuskegee University Teacher Education Graduates (N-42)
Yes No
Are you currently working in the teaching field 80% 20%
Are you currently working in some other area outside of teaching 15% 85%
Have to you ever refused to accept a teaching position 0% 100%
Are you attending graduate school and not teaching 2% N/A
Are you currently in graduate school and teaching 3% N/A

Synopsis:

80% of Tuskegee University graduates are employed as teachers and 15% working in fields other than teaching. None of the graduates surveyed had refused a teaching profession. 2% were attending graduate school while not working and 3% attended graduate school while teaching.

Student Loan Default Rate

The university wide student load default rate for Tuskegee University = 12.3%