Top ranked teacher prep programs

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Today, we hear from the leaders of some of the highest-ranked teacher prep programs from our 2014 Teacher Prep Review about a few of the components that make up a stellar program.

First up, Dr. Phil Schmidt, Associate Provost and Dean of the Teacher's College at Western Governors University, talks about how their online programs manage to provide strong support for candidates. He points out that WGU is one of the largest producers of STEM teachers in the country.

Next, Dr. David Steiner, Dean of the School of Education of Hunter College and former New York Commissioner of Education, talks about how Hunter's programs ensure that candidates master content and effective techniques for teaching it.

Dr. Paul Adams, a professor at Fort Hays State University, and Dr. Rob Scott, Dean of Fort Hays' College of Education, talk about how the college's culture of assessment ensures that their programs remain on the cutting edge.

Dr. Robert McPherson, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Houston, talks about recruiting and training teachers from the same urban neighborhoods that need excellent teachers most. He also reflects on how external scrutiny can help ed school reforms gain traction.

And last, but certainly not least, Dr. Carol Vukelich, a professor at the University of Delaware, talks about why the evidence-based practice they train their teachers to use -- rather than "cute little activities" -- can make a big difference for students.