In response to the accountability measure mandated by Congress through its passage of Title II of the Higher Education Act of 1998, beginning April 9, 2001, all institutions of higher education in the United States enrolling students who receive assistance and have teacher preparation programs must report their teacher certification test pass rates in school catalogs and other promotional materials. Any institution that has been identified as low performing by the State, must also report this designation to the public.
The undergraduate teacher candidates who complete all programs at CCSU are eligible to graduate with a B.S. degree. To receive a teacher certification in Connecticut, program completers must pass Praxis II. Undergraduate teacher candidates or post-baccalaureate students who complete general education, subject-matter major and a planned Professional Program of stud in teacher education are considered program completers. Of the 295 2001-2002 program completers who took the Praxis II exam, a summary score of 94% was attained for all individual assessments, comparable to the state-wide rate of 97%.
The students who formed the 2001-2002 group of program completers finished a rigorous program of study that is widely recognized for its quality and is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). They spent many hours in pre-K-12 schools where they learned how to assess the diverse needs of students. They know the subjects they will teach; they know how to teach those subjects; and they have demonstrated this through multiple assessment measures. CCSU is confident that these students are prepared to be leaders in the learning communities of Connecticut.