The National Council on Teacher Quality has given Pitt-Bradford’s secondary education program “Top Ranked” status – a distinction
awarded to only 81 secondary programs nationwide – in its second annual Teacher
The council surveyed 1,668 programs
at 836 institutions before awarding top-ranked status to 26 elementary programs
and 81 secondary programs.
The council ranked secondary
programs primarily on their selectivity, content knowledge for middle school
and high school, and student teaching experience. Other considerations were
instruction in classroom planning, secondary methods and assessing outcomes.
secondary program was one of 21 tied for the 57th place ranking. It
was one of six Pennsylvania schools given top-ranked status.
“We are proud of how our secondary
education prepares students to be effective leaders in middle and secondary
schools,” said Dr. Wayne Brinda, associate professor of education and
coordinator of secondary education at Pitt-Bradford.
Brinda commented on how
Pitt-Bradford measured up to the council’s criteria, “Rigor begins with the
criteria for acceptance and extends throughout the program in the classroom and
in the field, where students observe and are actively involved with teachers
and students in middle and secondary classrooms from their sophomore year on.”
Kate Walsh, president of the
National Council on Teacher Quality, said, “Given the increasing knowledge
skills expected of teachers, it is indeed disappointing that we could not
identify more exemplary programs in Pennsylvania.”
Secondary education majors available
at Pitt-Bradford are biology education 7-12; business, computer and information
technology K-12; chemistry education 7-12; English education 7-12;
environmental education K-12; health and physical education K-12; mathematics
education 7-12; and social studies education 7-12.
Recent graduates of Pitt-Bradford’s
secondary education program are teaching in many school districts in the region
and beyond including Bradford, Port Allegany, Otto-Eldred, Kane, Smethport, Warren,
Oswayo Valley, Austin, St. Marys, Brookville and Butler in Pennsylvania and
Elmira, Olean, Portville, Little Valley and Ellicottville in New York state.
university’s elementary education K-4 program was ranked in the top third of
programs nationwide – 242nd nationwide.
complete report is available on the council’s website, www.nctq.org.