Tuesday, September 8, 2009

School of Education Ranks Among Top Schools in Michigan

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University’s School of Education ranks among the top schools in the state of Michigan for teacher preparation.

The designation comes from the Michigan Department of Education, which ranked Ferris’ School of Education as exemplary in its 2007-08 Report on Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores. Ferris was in line with peer institutions scoring 68 out of 70 possible points.

“This report shows we’re doing the right thing,” said Michelle Johnston, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, under which the School of Education is housed at Ferris. “Our students are excellent, and this report shows they are performing better than ever; their test scores have improved, and they are more hirable, competent young professionals.”

The report helps the state of Michigan identify how well students are prepared for their career as a teacher, School of Education Director Liza Ing said. It is an annual process that helps determine how well students know their content area and whether they have the pedagogy to be a teacher.

Results are tabulated from exit surveys of students upon completion of their student teaching experience, Ing said. Supervisor surveys also are conducted, with supervisors confirming the student teachers are well-versed in their content area, are comfortable with technology and are able to work well in the classroom.

“Student teaching is a vital component of the learning process,” Ferris Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Experience Karen Baar said. “The focus is on field experience and really getting students to understand how to be a teacher.”

For the complete version of the story, visit Ferris State University's News Services Web site at http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/detail.cfm?ID=861

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