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U.S. News Again Ranks U of M Teacher Education Programs Among Nation’s Best

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

June 18, 2014 - For the second year, the Teacher Prep Review published by 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 best in the nation.

The U of M was ranked 27th for its undergraduate elementary program and 28th for the graduate secondary program. The Review evaluated more than 800 elementary teacher programs and more than 800 secondary teacher education programs nationally. These rankings suggest a strong institutional commitment to high-quality teacher training.

Within Tennessee, the University of Memphis elementary program was rated second and the secondary program fifth. In the Southern region, the U of M was ranked 11th among elementary programs and seventh among secondary programs.

“Few would disagree with the claim that teacher education is essential to the success of Memphis and our nation,” said President M. David Rudd. “We can take great pride in being recognized as a national leader and innovator in an area that touches so many lives. I am grateful for the expertise, talent and hard work of our faculty and congratulate them on a remarkable accomplishment.” 

“As a faculty member in Educational Psychology and Research, I am fully cognizant of the high-quality teacher preparation programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, but to be recognized by U.S. News and NCTQ places teacher preparation programs at the University of Memphis on a world stage as stars,” said Dr. Karen Weddle-West, interim provost. “This recognition exemplifies the stellar researchers who serve as faculty, the experienced practitioners who serve as clinical instructors, and the student-scholars at the University of Memphis.”

The NCTQ takes an in-depth look at admissions standards, course requirements, course syllabi, textbooks, capstone projects, student teaching manuals and graduate surveys, among other sources, as blueprints for training teachers. It applies specific and measurable standards that identify the teacher preparation programs most likely to get the best outcomes for their students. To develop these standards, the NCTQ consulted with international and domestic experts on teacher education, faculty and deans from schools of education, statistical experts and PK-12 leaders.

The report is online at

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