National Council on Teacher Quality. (2024). University of Virginia Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set]. https://www.nctq.org/review/viewProgram/University-of-Virginia-VA-1
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A quality education for every child, regardless of race or background, requires a world-class teaching force. Relative to other nations, the United States has long struggled to assert sufficiently high academic standards for entry into teaching. Setting more rigorous admissions standards for aspiring teachers both supports student learning and the prestige of the teaching profession—making the prospect of increasing teacher compensation more likely.
This program was not included in the 2021 Admissions analysis.
Detailed course-level findings
All elementary teacher candidates should learn scientifically based reading instruction, the research-based content and methods to effectively teach all children to read. This content should be clearly evident in a teacher preparation program’s course materials, including class session topics, assignments, practice opportunities, and background materials. The five core components of scientifically based reading instruction evaluated under this standard are: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.
A review of EDIS 3221, EDIS 4310, and EDIS 3881 finds the program earns an A+ for providing adequate coverage and averaging 10 points across all five components while not teaching any practices that run contrary to scientifically based reading instruction.
To meet coverage requirements for a component, a program must earn at least 8 out of 12 points based on addressing the component through four instructional approaches: instructional hours, background materials (e.g., textbooks, readings, and other resources), objective measures of knowledge (e.g., tests or written assignments), and practice/application. A program can earn up to three points for each instructional approach.
Analysis found there was adequate coverage of the following component(s):
- Phonemic Awareness: 10.50 of 12 points
- Phonics: 10.50 of 12 points
- Fluency: 10 of 12 points
- Vocabulary: 10 of 12 points
- Comprehension: 10 of 12 points
Evidence of Content Contrary to Research-Based Practices
Analysis found no evidence of course content focused on practices that run contrary to research.
Evidence of Exemplary Practices
Courses analyzed were inclusive of content that provides an understanding of how and why scientifically based reading instruction is effective. That content included:
- Any other exceptional elements of instruction
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Support for Range of Learners
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All elementary teacher candidates should be prepared to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students. To elevate the importance of instruction on how to support a range of learners, including struggling readers, English language learners, and students who speak language varieties other than mainstream English (e.g. speakers of African American English or Appalachian English), this analysis looks for evidence in the teacher preparation program’s course materials including class session topics, assignments, practice opportunities, and background materials.
To provide feedback on how institutions address instruction, a program can earn up to a total of eight points for each population over four instructional approaches: instructional hours, background materials (e.g. textbooks, readings, and other resources), objective measures of knowledge (e.g. tests and written assignments), and practice/application. A program can earn up to two points for each instructional approach.
Analysis found the following coverage for supporting a range of learners:
- Struggling Readers: 3.50 of 8 points, placing this program at the 50th percentile among evaluated programs.
- English Language Learners: 5.50 of 8 points, placing this program at the 79th percentile among evaluated programs.
- Students who speak language varieties other than mainstream English: 3.50 of 8 points, placing this program at the 94th percentile among evaluated programs. Note that programs' attention to this group of students is nascent, and few programs had evidence of any attention in this area.
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Addressing learning loss and building the math skills of young students demands urgent action by all sectors of the education community, including educator preparation programs. In order for elementary schools to deliver equitable and effective instruction in mathematics to all students, they need their teachers to have acquired the mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge specified in commonly accepted mathematics education standards.
This program was not included in the 2022 Elementary Mathematics analysis.
Building Content Knowledge
To be successful, elementary teachers need content knowledge in science and social studies, both to build their students' understanding of the world and their critical thinking skills, and also to support students in becoming strong readers. Becoming a strong reader requires cumulative exposure to content knowledge, cutting across multiple domains and disciplines. The courses aspiring teachers take gives them strong background knowledge in these subjects, and in turn, they give this knowledge to students.
This program was not included in the 2023 Building Content Knowledge analysis.
Strong preparation requires meaningful practice. All aspiring teachers benefit from the firsthand experience of observing effective teachers at work and practicing under their tutelage. The challenge for teacher preparation programs is not only to provide teacher candidates with enough practice but also to ensure that the practice, regardless of length, is a high-quality experience.
This program was not included in the 2020 Clinical Practice analysis.
New teachers (and their principals) invariably cite classroom management as a pressing challenge. That's why teacher preparation programs need to provide teacher candidates with practice in universally effective classroom management strategies. With practice, novice teachers arrive better prepared to successfully manage the full range of student behaviors necessary to maintain a productive classroom climate.
This program was not included in the 2020 Classroom Management analysis.