Indicators of Program Quality and Effectiveness for Educator Preparation Programs

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National Accreditation

Wright State University is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which transitioned to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) effective July 1, 2013. For additional information on the quality standards that Wright State University's educator preparation programs adhere to, see the CAEP Unit Standards.

Nationally Recognized Programs

CEHS assures program quality through alignment to state and national standards that prescribe the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that programs should develop in future educators. The following programs have been evaluated by teams of national reviewers and have earned the distinction of National Recognition for demonstrating program alignment to the specialized national standards for that discipline:

Educator Preparation Program Nationally Recognized By
Early Childhood Education (PK-3) NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Middle Childhood Education (4-9) AMLE, Association for Middle Level Education
World Languages Education (French and Spanish) (PK-12) ACTFL, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Reading Master's Degree (PK-12) IRA, International Reading Association
Health Education (PK-12) AAHE, American Association for Health Education
Physical Education (PK-12) NASPE, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Integrated Social Studies Education (7-12) NCSS, National Council for the Social Studies
Integrated Science Education (7-12) NSTA, National Science Teachers Association
Integrated Mathematics Education (7-12) NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Integrated Language Arts (7-12) NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English
Intervention Specialist Programs in Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate Needs, Moderate/Intensive Needs (K-12) CEC, Council for Exceptional Children

Passing Scores on National Exams Required for Licensure

Ohio requires that teacher candidates pass licensure examinations by scoring at or above the state's established required score to be recommended for licensure and receive endorsements in specific fields. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires that institutions demonstrate that 80% or more of the unit's program completers pass the content examinations in states that require examinations for licensure. Wright State University candidates' scores regularly exceed the state and national minimum standards as evidenced by the chart below.

2015-2016 Ohio Assessments of Educators Scores

Test Name and Code Number Taking Exam Institutional Pass Rate State Cut Score Wright State University
Average Scaled Score
APK: Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12) (003) 32 100% 220 251
APK: Early Childhood (PK-3) (001) 56 96% 220 248
APK: Middle Childhood (4-9) (002) 35 100% 220 254
APK: Multi-Age (PK-12) (004) 36 92% 220 245
Early Childhood Education (012) 53 96% 220 249
English Language Arts (020) 12 100% 220 248
Health (023) 10 100% 220 256
Integrated Social Studies (025) 11 100% 220 241
Middle Grades English Language Arts (028) 15 100% 220 243
Middle Grades Mathematics (030) 21 100% 220 238
Middle Grades Science (029) 19 100% 220 237
Middle Grades Social Studies (031) 16 100% 220 230
Music (032) 13 77% 220 233
Physical Education (034) 10 90% 220 246
Special Education (043) 22 91% 220 241

NOTE: OAE tests not listed indicates that there were fewer than 10 teacher candidates from Wright State who took the test in 2015-2016.

Ohio Department of Higher Education - Educator Preparation Performance Report

Ohio recognizes that high-quality teachers and principals are developed through high-quality educator preparation programs. To improve the quality of preparation programs in Ohio, H.B. 1 of the 128th General Assembly directed the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to develop a system for evaluating Ohio's educator preparation programs and holding institutions of higher education accountable for their graduates' success. H.B. 290 of the 128th General Assembly provided for the sharing of data between the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education to link the performance of educators to the institutions that prepared them.

View the 2016-2017 Wright State Educator Preparation Performance Report.

Federal Title II Report on the Quality of Teacher Preparation

Title II of the federal Higher Education Act requires annual reports on the quality of teacher preparation. Schools of education are required to file a report each April on a number of measures, such as the pass rates of their graduates on state certification assessments and other program data.

View the 2015-2016 Title II report for Wright State University (PDF).

Clinical Practice Requirements and Outcomes

Ohio requires that teacher candidates complete field and clinical experiences in school settings as part of their preparation. These experiences include early and ongoing field-based opportunities and the culminating pre-service clinical experiences commonly referred to as "student teaching." Wright State University's requires clinical practice well beyond the state minimum requirements. At WSU, teacher candidates experience mentorship from classroom teachers and direct supervision by experienced educators through the Office of Partnership and Field Experience (OPFE) in their Phase I, II and III field experiences.

Field/Clinical Practice Element Ohio Requirement Wright State University Average
Average number of clock hours of supervised clinical experience required prior to student teaching 100 510
Average number of weeks required in student teaching 12 12
Candidates in early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent to young adult, and multi-age programs complete a Year-Long Internship with two 14-15 week semesters.

In 2014-2015, more than 98% of those who began the formal portion of a teacher education program satisfactorily completed clinical practice requirements.

Employment Data

A recent study by the Ohio Board of Regents provided the following employment information on individuals who earned a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in education in spring 2013 from a University System of Ohio institution.

  Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates either Employed in Ohio or Enrolled in Higher Education in Ohio after Graduation Number of Graduates Estimated to be Employed Full-Time Percent of Graduates Estimated to be Employed Full-Time Average Salary
Bachelor's Degree in Education from Wright State University 96 90% 32 30% $26,184
Bachelor's Degree in Education from other University System of Ohio Institution 2,080 85% 1,300 62% $30,922
Master's Degree in Education from Wright State University 166 87% 108 65% $38,070
Master's Degree in Education from other University System of Ohio Institution 1,264 85% 916 72% $42,415

Source: Ohio Board of Regents (2015, Feb). In-State Retention and Salary Analysis of Spring Graduates 2009 to 2013 University System of Ohio.

Distinguished Graduates

David Herick, Teacher, Sugarcreek Local School District

Wright State University College of Education program: Master of Education - 2000


  • Wright State University Outstanding Alumni, 2010
  • West District Teacher of the Year, Ohio Council Teachers of Mathematics, 2010
  • Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and Grant Recipient 1999, 2004
  • Howard L. Post Excellence In Teaching Award Winner, 1998
  • Nominee Disney Teacher of the Year 7 Times

"I consider myself a product of three factors professionally. First is my family for their support and guidance, second is my school district for the opportunities granted to me. But the organization that has influenced me most professionally is Wright State University. All of my professional training has come from the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State. Any success I have found in my career can be directly traced to the training, mentoring, and professional development I have received there."

Ron Cothran, Principal, Mound Street Health Careers Academy

Wright State University College of Education programs:

  • Master of Education, Intervention Specialist (Mild to Moderate) - 2006
  • Principal - 2008

"My Wright State University programs prepared me for a career in education via the real world experiences the professors shared in the classroom, the nurturing they provided to ensure all candidates maximized their potential while being challenged to stretch themselves. I learned to treat each and every student, family member, and peer the way I would want my son or daughter treated, all while adhering to state and federal requirements."