Distinctive Features of the College of Education

  • The University of St. Francis is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Faculty have extensive K-12 classroom and administrative experience and integrate leading-edge technology and model best practices so that learning is stimulating, engaging, and applicable to “real-world” classroom.
  • Small class size allows for personal attention and assistance and a student-centered approach that fosters a community of learners. Each candidate is assigned at least one full-time faculty advisor.
  • Candidates participate in developmental field experiences in local classrooms with close university supervision and support.
  • The college has unique partnerships with, among others, Plainfield District 202, Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public School District 86, and several area Catholic schools.
  • The University of St. Francis is a member of the Joliet Professional Development School Partnership (JPDSP) in which candidates can participate in a variety of innovative field experiences and professional development opportunities.
  • The College of Education has an excellent reputation with area schools that leads to USF teacher canidates being highly sought after for employment after graduation

 

College of Education by the Numbers

Results of State Educator Licensure Exams, 2010-2011

**Less than 3 students taking the tests

Assessment code, Assessment Name
All program completers, 2010-2011
# Taking
Tests
# Passing
Tests
Pass rate (%)
103-APT, GRADES 6-12 21 21 100
104-APT, GRADES K-12 37 37 100
102-APT, GRADES K-9 38 38 100
096-BASIC SKILLS 97 97 100
110-ELEMENTARY 57 57 100
111-ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 3 3 100
155-LBSI 21 21 100
115-MATHEMATICS 4 4 100
143-MUSIC ** ** 100
105-SCIENCE, BIOLOGY 9 9 100
114-SOCIAL SCIENCE, HISTORY 6 6 100
163-SPD GENERAL CURRIC TEST 21 21 100
       
 

Results of Alumni/Graduate Surveys

Undergraduate & Graduate Alumni Survey Results, 2010-2011

  • 100% of our teacher education program (TEP) survey completers thought we prepared them “Well-Excellently” for a teaching career.
  • 100% of out TEP program survey completers expressed “High-Very High” level of satisfaction with the preparation they received related to program outcomes.

 

Undergraduate & Graduate Exit Survey Results, 2010-2011

  • 98% of our TEP program completers agreed that their USF instructors “Demonstrated thorough knowledge of content.”
  • 93.1% of our TEP program completers agreed that their USF instructors “Held high expectations for students in class.”
  • 97.1% of our TEP program completers agreed that their USF instructors “Encouraged the class to become a community of learners.”
  • 98% of the TEP program completers agreed that their USF instructors “Modeled professional dispositions and USF values.”

 

Average GPAs of TEP Graduates, 2010-2011, based on 4.00 scale

Initial Certification Program GPA
UG ELEM 3.52
UG SPED 3.72
UG SECONDARY 3.46
UG VA/MusEd Less than 5 graduates
GR Initial Cert 3.92

 

TEP Completion Rates, 2010-2011

  • 98.30% of Undergraduate students completed the Teacher Education Program within the expected time frame.
  • 100% of Graduate students completed the Teacher Education Program within the expected time frame.

 

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