Northwest Florida State College listed among state’s highest performing Teacher Preparation Programs

Northwest Florida State College was listed as one of the highest performing colleges in the state of Florida for the quality of our Teacher Education program.

The National Council on Teacher Quality’s (NCTQ) Teacher Prep Review listed NWFSC as one of 16 colleges in Florida to receive an “A” grade in the area of Early Reading Instruction, an accolade our Teacher Education program has earned since 2013. In addition, this year the program received recognition as a “consistently high-performing undergraduate program.”

“These findings simply confirm what I already know about the high quality of our early reading courses in our BS Elementary Education program,” said Dr. Inger McGee, director of Teacher Education at NWFSC. “A student in our program can be assured that he or she will be prepared to be a highly effective teacher when graduating from our program.”

Faculty members Dr. Lynn Ketter and Therese Sweeney are credited for the exceptional work in developing and teaching the reading and literacy curriculum at NWFSC.

“The Teacher Education program at Northwest Florida State College is a prime example of the high quality course offerings at our institution,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, NWFSC president. “Receiving this prestigious rating for the eighth consecutive year is due to the hard work and dedication of our exemplary faculty and staff who strive daily to improve the lives of our students and impact the lives of those in our community.”

The Teacher Prep Review rates program quality by examining each aspect of the early reading curriculum including; class topics, assignments, textbooks, tests and practice opportunities. Also pertinent in the rating process is clear evidence that the course work dedicates time to five key components of the science of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

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