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raising the bar on teacher prep

Our nation's schools employ 3 million teachers and rely on 27,000 programs in 2,000 separate institutions for training those teachers.

Since 2006, NCTQ has reviewed programs, made recommendations, and highlighted the best we've seen of key elements for undergraduate and graduate programs for elementary, secondary and special education.

We aim to help strengthen teacher education. Learn more about our standards »

NCTQ's Spring 2017 Landscape focuses on more than 700 undergraduate teacher preparation programs from across the country that prepare high school teachers.

See the top 10 percent of programs in the country »

See the full list of undergraduate secondary programs »

Learn more about the trends and patterns in secondary prep around the country »

recent work:

  • Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Prep
    May 2017

    Many undergraduate programs preparing high school teachers do well on individual aspects of teacher preparation, but too few do well in enough areas to provide a great preparation for all their aspiring teachers.

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  • Unpacking Secondary Certification: Where the Rubber Misses the Road
    Jun 2017

    This is the final installment in a series exploring secondary certifications, state licensing tests, and the subject matter preparation that teacher prep programs provide future high school teachers. This fourth installment looks at how teacher preparation programs can take different paths to prepare aspiring teachers within a given state context.

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