University Ranks in Top Tier of Teacher Preparation Programs

March 2020

The University’s teacher preparation program is among the best in Florida and top among private colleges and universities in the state, according to new ratings.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality gave PBA an “A” for instructing future educators in scientifically-based methods for teaching reading. The University was one of only 16 traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in Florida to earn an “A” rating in the think tank’s 2020 Teacher Prep Review. PBA was one of only three schools from the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) to receive the designation.

At the state level, the Florida Department of Education reported that 78 percent of PBA students passed the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations K-6 social science subtest on their first attempt — the highest percentage of all private colleges and universities in the state.

Dr. Chelly Templeton, dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies, credits the success to preparation and one-on-one mentoring. Faculty are frequently in their offices with their doors open. Their students know they care, she said.

“Our professors are very hands-on,” Templeton said. “They know our students, and they work with our students.”

The University was also among top performers in the K-6 science subtest. Seventy-six percent of test-takers from PBA passed the exam on their first attempt, the third-highest percentage of all private colleges and universities in Florida, according to the state Department of Education.

PBA requires students to pass the state exams before student teaching, Templeton said.

Faculty are purposeful about preparing students for the standards against which they’ll be measured, Templeton said. Plus, they’re passionate about what they teach.

“We like our subject areas, and we’re excited about sharing that with our students,” she said.

Photo: Dr. Timothy Ladd, associate professor of education, advises a student in Borbe Hall in this archive photo. Ladd and his fellow education professors provide one-on-one mentoring to prepare students for Florida Teacher Certification Examinations.

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