Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness

Our Candidates Know How to Teach

98% pass edTPAAll initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA®, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning.

The edTPA was developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. For three consecutive years of edTPA implementation (2015-2018), Georgia State University initial preparation teacher candidates successfully submitted and passed edTPA with an aggregate pass rate of 99% the first two consecutive years and 98% the third year, following an increase in the Georgia cut score. Visit edTPA for additional information.

2015-2016 2016-2017 *2017-2018
edTPA Assessment  N  N  N
Early Childhood Education: Birth – Kindergarten 14/14 7/7 7/7
Elementary Education: PreK – 5th Grades 99/100 90/92 90/91
English as Additional Language (ESOL) 4/4 11/11 11/11
K-12 Health Education N/A 0/1 0/0
K-12 Performing Arts (Music Education) 20/20 11/11 11/11
K-12 Physical Education 5/5 9/9 11/11
Middle Level English Language Arts 18/18 18/18 14/15
Middle Level History/Social Studies 9/9 8/8 10/10
Middle Level Mathematics 21/21 10/10 8/9
Middle Level Science 7/8 9/9 13/13
Secondary English Language Arts 18/18 6/6 9/9
Secondary History/Social Studies 20/20 10/10 19/20
Secondary Mathematics 4/4 11/11 11/13
Secondary Science 8/8 16/16 22/22
Special Education 9/9 15/15 20/20
Visual Arts (Art Education) 8/8 5/5 9/9
World Languages (Foreign Language Education) 8/8 6/6 4/4
Total 272/274 242/245 269/275
Pass Rate 99% 99% 98%
*Note: Cut Scores increased in 2017-2018 for all handbooks.

Our Candidates Know Their Content

100% of our graduates pass GACE

Our educator preparation programs are held to high standards. Our teacher preparation programs demonstrate that we prepare teachers who have a positive impact on children’s learning and development and who are committed to staying in the profession.

All of our candidates take a state-wide assessment focusing on their knowledge of the content areas (for example, math, science, social studies and early childhood education subject areas) they will be teaching. The purpose of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) is to ensure candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to teach in Georgia’s public schools. In 2016, our programs had an overall pass rate of 100% on the GACE content knowledge assessments.

View a summary of Georgia State’s pass rates over the last 10 years.

How Effective are Georgia State University's Teacher Preparation Programs?

At Georgia State University, we believe educator preparation programs should be held to high standards. Our teacher preparation programs demonstrate that we prepare teachers who have a positive impact on children’s learning and development and who are committed to staying in the profession. We focus on collection and analysis of performance-based data to help us understand the answers to questions such as: What do our candidates know? Do their students learn? Are they employed and do they stay? Do their employers feel they are well prepared? By analyzing data at both the program level and for our entire preparation unit, we are able to document the effectiveness of our programs and continuously improve the way we prepare teachers to meet the needs of students.

Professional Education Faculty

Each year, our Professional Education Faculty analyze data related to our effectiveness at preparing teachers, educational leaders, school counselors and psychologists, and other education specialists.

The Professional Education Faculty is a multidisciplinary team committed to teaching, research, and service in partnership with school and community agencies. It is comprised of faculty from the College of Education & Human Development and from the College of Arts and Sciences and representatives of P-16 Partner Schools who are responsible for the preparing of educators at the initial and advanced levels. Its mission is to prepare educators as leaders, thinkers, and change agents who are grounded in theory, content, and practice.

Programs are proposed, provided, and evaluated in accordance with the PEF's Conceptual Framework.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits the Professional Education Faculty, and the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission approves its programs.

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