Teacher Preparedness at UWG

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The National Center for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released its annual report on the quality of individual, university-based teacher preparation programs in US News & World Report for the first time. UWG respects NCTQ’s interest in assessing the quality of teacher preparation programs; however, the University System of Georgia and private, independent teacher preparation programs are concerned with the quality and rigor of the study. That said, the University of West Georgia, along with the entire University System of Georgia, is committed to the pursuit of continuous improvement of our teacher preparation programs.

"As Dean of the College of Education, I see first-hand the outstanding results of the work we do in preparing students for a lifetime of exciting careers in education," said Dr. Dianne Hoff. "External reviews are equally positive. We are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Among the thousands of colleges of education nationwide, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UWG among its “Best Education Schools.” We are a state leader in STEM education, and selected as one of only three institutions in Georgia to be a site for UTeach, a nationally acclaimed program for preparing math and science teachers. Based on the size and strength of this program, we have been awarded external support from the Noyce Foundation and we are in consideration to receive similar support from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation."

In addition to Teacher Education, UWG programs in Counseling, Media, Speech-Language Pathology, Leadership, Sport Management, and School Improvement draw students from across the country. Most importantly, UWG graduates are successful and accomplished. An annual study of employers indicates that more than 90% of administrators who hired our graduates find them to be well-prepared and effective teachers. Many have been recognized as Teachers of the Year in their district, and a UWG graduate was this year’s national Principal of the Year.

For more information on UWG's teacher preparation programs, including success stories, awards, and entrance requirements, please visit westga.edu/coe.