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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
by: Rene Abadie
PREPARING NEW TEACHERS – Southeastern Louisiana University graduate student and teacher candidate Kaitlin Kisela of New Orleans reviews the work of one of her students during a field experience at Natalbany Elementary School. Southeastern was recently cited by Online College Database for its production of new teachers.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's education program has been ranked second in the state for its production of new teachers by the web site Online College Database.
The site's newly released ranking, "Top Colleges in Louisiana Shaping the Next Generation," listed 19 fully accredited, four-year programs in the state that had at least 10 graduates in education or teaching disciplines in 2012. Southeastern was cited for having 391 graduates in the field, second only to LSU, the largest institution in Louisiana.
"Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs," said Doug Jones, founder of the College Database. "But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students."
"We appreciate the ranking, but quantity of graduates is secondary to our goal of helping to prepare teacher candidates for the real world of education," said Shirley Jacobs, interim dean of the Southeastern College of Education. "We place tremendous emphasis on our students getting field experience and service-learning opportunities early in their educational experience, developing strong content knowledge, learning to apply data-proven techniques, and providing effective faculty mentoring in a student-centered learning environment."
Southeastern offers undergraduate degrees in in early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education and special education. Graduate programs offer master's degrees in curriculum and instruction and special education and a doctoral program in educational leadership.
Data sources used in the ranking included the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Carnegie Classification System.
Information on the rankings can be found on the College Database's web site, onlinecollegesdatabase.org/online-colleges-in-louisiana/#Best-Colleges-Shaping-the-Next-Generation-Louisiana.