Quincy University recognized for teacher preparation program

Posted: Apr. 1, 2014 11:33 am Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 1:14 pm

Quincy University has been recognized by the National Council on Teacher Quality for its undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program. QU's undergraduate elementary program was among 107 out of 2,420 elementary and secondary programs in the nation that made the 2013 council honor roll.

Ann Behrens, QU's acting vice president for academic affairs, credited a skilled faculty as well as local schools for preparing prospective teachers for their own classrooms.

"Through our partnerships with both Quincy public and parochial schools, our teacher candidates have many opportunities to interact with K-12 students throughout their coursework leading to student teaching. We are grateful to the K-12 teachers and administrators who share their skills and knowledge with our candidates," Behrens said.

The NCTQ examines the aspects of teacher training in the pre-K through high school systemm including candidates' academic strengths, mastery of the subjects they teach, and the quality of the opportunities to practice.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs.