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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Teacher Education Programs at U of M Among Nation’s Best

For release: June 18, 2013
For press information, contact Donald Wagner, 901-590-9753

U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), has ranked the elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs at the University of Memphis among the Honor Roll in its first Teacher Prep Review.

Rankings were based on one to four stars. The U of M program was one of only 13 in the nation to earn high ratings (three or more stars) in two or more programs, suggesting a strong institutional commitment to teacher training. The Review evaluated 1,200 elementary and secondary programs nationally.

In addition, the U of M’s elementary education preparation program was listed as one of seven “best bargains,” those on the Honor Roll which have relatively low tuition.

“Being recognized as a national leader in teacher preparation is a testament to the great work of Dean Donald Wagner, our students, and the faculty of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences,” said U of M Provost David Rudd. “The college is on the leading edge of innovative and effective practices to improve the quality of teacher preparation and their impact in the classroom. Not only are we recognized as one of the best programs in the country, we’ve been identified as providing high quality instruction at low cost, certainly great news for our students and the state of Tennessee.” 

The NCTQ advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers. NCTQ ratings were based on key standards for 608 institutions, ratings also used by U.S. News & World Report. Among standards evaluated were elementary reading, common core elementary math, and student teaching.

“The favorable review from the NCTQ report is an affirmation of the serious reform work that our college has undertaken to improve teacher preparation programs at the University of Memphis,” said Wagner. “We are especially pleased to be on the honor roll as a high quality ‘bargain’ teacher preparation program, along with six other institutions across the country.”

The report is online at

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