Edinboro University’s teacher preparation program earns top grade from national education council


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Edinboro University’s teacher-preparation program was one of 16 Pennsylvania institutions to earn the top grade for offering scientifically-based methods for literacy education.

This week, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) granted Edinboro University’s undergraduate Early Childhood Education program with an “A” grade for preparing teachers to use the most effective methods when teaching young students how to read.

The council’s 2020 Teacher Prep Review assesses reading instruction and program coursework for more than 2,000 institutions across the U.S. 

“This national rating speaks to the hard work and knowledge base of the experts in our department,” said Dr. Kristina Bodamer, assistant professor in Edinboro University’s School of Education and Director of Accreditation and Program Improvement. “For the past few years, we have worked tirelessly to revamp the course offerings, taking into consideration the best practices and current research in the area of literacy instruction.”

Now in NCTQ’s fourth edition, Teacher Prep Review assigns a team of literacy experts to examine every course a program requires in early reading, assessing the topics covered in each class, readings and assignments, practice opportunities, and tests – as well as rating the quality of the textbooks used in each course.

Experts search for clear evidence of dedicated course time as well as measures where aspiring teachers must demonstrate their knowledge of the five key components of the science of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

“It really is a credit to the students and faculty at Edinboro University for not only embracing the gradual change in literacy education, but also making it more tangible for the next generation of readers,” said Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, chairperson of Edinboro’s Early Childhood Education Department.

With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University, pre-service teachers will be armed with the professional know-how to create developmentally appropriate activities and lessons and foster a lifetime love of learning in students.

Expert faculty allow students to explore child development and its impact in the early learning years. Through carefully designed coursework and extensive field experiences, students gain insights into early childhood education and best practices in the classroom.

“My decision to attend Edinboro was the best one I’ve ever made for myself,” said Peyton Hanlon, who earned her degree from Edinboro in 2016. “The Early Childhood Education program provided me with countless opportunities to become a leader in the educational realm, and it helped to mold me into the person I am today.”

Additional institutions that earned an “A” in the 2020 Teacher Prep Review include Bucknell University, Geneva College, La Salle University, Robert Morris University, Saint Francis University and Saint Joseph's University.

The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group committed to modernizing the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers.

For more information about Edinboro University’s School of Education, visit www.edinboro.edu/soe.