Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education
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OHIO ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES OF TEACHER EDUCATION (OAPCTE)
WHO WE ARE:
- OAPCTE was created in the 1970s to promote cooperation and information sharing among private institutions engaged in the enterprise of preparing teachers.
- Membership is open to representatives from any of the 37 non-tax supported colleges or universities in Ohio that offer one or more state approved teacher licensure programs at the graduate or undergraduate level.
- While our institutions enrolled 34.7% of the college students in Ohio in 2008-09, Ohio private colleges prepared 46.5% of Ohio teacher candidates recommended for licensure. (Source: Ohio Department of Education)
FACTS REGARDING THE QUALITY OF TEACHER PREPARATION AT OHIO PRIVATE COLLEGES:
- A 2008-9 study of 2,631 pre-service and 1,633 in-service Ohio teachers found that teacher candidates from private institutions continually rate their preparation experiences higher than candidates from public institutions. This finding is statistically significant although it reflects a small effect size. Additionally, this finding is consistent over seven years of data collection. (Source: The Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (2009). The Ohio Association Preservice and Inservice Graduate Study: 2008-2009 Executive Summary.)
- ACT and SAT scores of Ohio teacher education program completers from both public and private institutions are approximately one standard deviation above state and national norms. Of note: the mean SAT and ACT scores for completers from private colleges are slightly higher than scores from public institutions. (Source: Teacher Quality Partnership Report to the Governor of Ohio, 2006)
- GPAs of program completers from private institutions are higher than those of completers from public institutions. (Source: Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Report to the Governor of Ohio, 2006)
- All Ohio private colleges have institutional summary pass rates of 90% or above on Praxis II national exams. (Source: Ohio Department of Education: Report on the Quality of Ohio Institutions for the Preparation of Teachers, 2008)
- 95% of Ohio private teacher education programs are rated “Effective” based on an on-site review using standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). (Source: Ohio Department of Education: Report on the Quality of Ohio Institutions for the Preparation of Teachers: 2008)
- Ohio private colleges and universities awarded proportionately more of the state’s bachelor degrees to minority students, particularly African-American students. (Source: National Center for Educational Statistics, retrieved from AICUO.)
- Ohio private colleges enrolled 34.7% of all college students in 2008-09 but graduated the following percentages of critical STEM majors: Mathematics/statistics (50.8%), Biological Science (42.5%), Physical Science (44.7%), and Foreign Language (40.1%).
- To be licensed for high school, students must major in the fields in which they intend to teach. Private colleges’ disproportionate share of graduates in these fields leads to a similar larger share of private college graduates seeking Ohio licensure in these teaching fields. Source: National Center of Educational Statistics; accessed from AICUO website)
While critical of teacher education in general, former Teacher’s College president, Arthur Levine noted, “Our data show that based on SAT scores, liberal arts colleges, [that educate teachers] constituting one-third of the education departments at baccalaureate institutions, are more selective in student admissions. They are more academically oriented, more rooted in the arts and science tradition, and a greater proportion of their faculty hold PhDs.”
Arthur Levine: Educating School Teachers, 2006, p.123.