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Findings by State - Pennsylvania

Overview

Scope of Review in Pennsylvania
  10215 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  75 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-77 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-76 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  26 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 70% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-23 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-29 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
25% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Pennsylvania:

  • Highly rated programs -- Programs at Arcadia University (undergraduate secondary), Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (undergraduate secondary), Gwynedd-Mercy College (undergraduate secondary), Lebanon Valley College (undergraduate secondary), Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (undergraduate secondary), Misericordia University (undergraduate secondary) and Saint Joseph's University (undergraduate secondary) are on the Teacher Prep Review's Honor Roll, earning at least three out of four possible stars. Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that 71 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Pennsylvania restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to just 28 percent nationwide. The strong showing by Pennsylvania programs reflects a strong state admissions policy.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, including Arcadia University (undergraduate elementary and secondary), Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (undergraduate and graduate elementary), Lincoln University (undergraduate secondary), Point Park University (undergraduate elementary), Quincy University (undergraduate secondary), Mercyhurst College (graduate secondary), St. Joseph's University (undergraduate elementary and secondary) and Wilson College (undergraduate elementary and secondary).

  • Early reading instruction -- Only 24 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Pennsylvania are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, an even lower percentage than the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. Only 9 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Pennsylvania provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Pennsylvania, nearly all -- 97 percent -- entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- 21 percent of the evaluated Pennsylvania elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- None of Pennsylvania's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. The results are better at the high school level, with 22 percent of Pennsylvania secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, but this is still well below the 35 percent found nationwide.

  • Outcome data -- None of Pennsylvania's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. The state does not connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), and programs have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

Pennsylvania Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Pennsylvania Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Arcadia University - Undergraduate Secondary
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Undergraduate Secondary
Gwynedd-Mercy College - Undergraduate Secondary
Lebanon Valley College - Undergraduate Secondary
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania - Undergraduate Secondary
Misericordia University - Undergraduate Secondary
Saint Joseph's University - Undergraduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Pennsylvania

Ron Tomalis, former Secretary of Education

PennCAN

William Hite, Jr., Superintendent, Philadelphia Public Schools
Linda Lane, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pennsylvania's Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Pennsylvania funders
The Heinz Endowments
William Penn Foundation

A limited portion of funds was provided by national funders
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
 
Alvernia University Annual new teacher production (2010):  153
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Arcadia University Annual new teacher production (2010):  195
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Baptist Bible College and Seminary Annual new teacher production (2010):  26
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  386
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Bucknell University Annual new teacher production (2010):  29
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Cabrini College Annual new teacher production (2010):  154
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Cairn University Annual new teacher production (2010):  34
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
California University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  288
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Carlow University Annual new teacher production (2010):  98
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Cedar Crest College Annual new teacher production (2010):  41
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Chatham University Annual new teacher production (2010):  37
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Chestnut Hill College Annual new teacher production (2010):  55
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  5
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  221
Undergraduate Elementary
Delaware Valley College Annual new teacher production (2010):  52
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
DeSales University Annual new teacher production (2010):  55
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Drexel University Annual new teacher production (2010):  161
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Duquesne University Annual new teacher production (2010):  176
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  372
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Eastern University Annual new teacher production (2010):  152
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  284
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Elizabethtown College Annual new teacher production (2010):  77
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Gannon University Annual new teacher production (2010):  38
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Geneva College Annual new teacher production (2010):  64
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Grove City College Annual new teacher production (2010):  89
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Gwynedd-Mercy College Annual new teacher production (2010):  91
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Holy Family University Annual new teacher production (2010):  208
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Immaculata University Annual new teacher production (2010):  102
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  394
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Juniata College Annual new teacher production (2010):  27
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Keystone College Annual new teacher production (2010):  40
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
King's College Annual new teacher production (2010):  47
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  424
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
La Salle University Annual new teacher production (2010):  58
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lebanon Valley College Annual new teacher production (2010):  103
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Lehigh University Annual new teacher production (2010):  50
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  15
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  191
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Lycoming College Annual new teacher production (2010):  43
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  132
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Marywood University Annual new teacher production (2010):  124
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Mercyhurst University Annual new teacher production (2010):  92
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Messiah College Annual new teacher production (2010):  90
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  490
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Misericordia University Annual new teacher production (2010):  44
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Moravian College Annual new teacher production (2010):  86
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Muhlenberg College Annual new teacher production (2010):  48
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Neumann University Annual new teacher production (2010):  98
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Pennsylvania State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  676
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Annual new teacher production (2010):  55
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Point Park University Annual new teacher production (2010):  36
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Robert Morris University Annual new teacher production (2010):  115
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Saint Francis University Annual new teacher production (2010):  42
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Saint Joseph's University Annual new teacher production (2010):  119
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Saint Vincent College Annual new teacher production (2010):  70
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Seton Hill University Annual new teacher production (2010):  39
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  286
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  487
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Susquehanna University Annual new teacher production (2010):  84
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Temple University Annual new teacher production (2010):  425
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Thiel College Annual new teacher production (2010):  29
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  174
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Annual new teacher production (2010):  38
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Annual new teacher production (2010):  89
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Scranton Annual new teacher production (2010):  99
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Valley Forge Christian College Annual new teacher production (2010):  20
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Villanova University Annual new teacher production (2010):  22
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Washington and Jefferson College Annual new teacher production (2010):  31
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Waynesburg University Annual new teacher production (2010):  43
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  647
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Westminster College Annual new teacher production (2010):  89
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Widener University Annual new teacher production (2010):  39
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wilkes University Annual new teacher production (2010):  46
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wilson College Annual new teacher production (2010):  61
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
York College of Pennsylvania Annual new teacher production (2010):  115
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available

Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Albright College
Bryn Mawr College
Carnegie Mellon University
Dickinson College
Gettysburg College
La Roche College
Lancaster Bible College
Moore College of Art & Design
Mount Aloysius College
Rosemont College
Salus University
Swarthmore College
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Ursinus College

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here) and offer a summary of Pennsylvania's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement.

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom. These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states, authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.