We are proud to be Arkansas’ premier educator preparation college. We are dedicated to providing exemplary programs for the preparation of professional educators, including teacher preparation, educational leadership, school counseling, library media, instructional technologies, higher education student personnel administration, and other related professional fields.
Our results are impressive!
UCA is one of the two largest university-based producers of educators in Arkansas.
Approximately 250 or more novice teachers graduate each year, and another 100 or more graduates in other advanced educator roles (school counselors, school/district leaders, school counselors, reading/dyslexia specialists, gifted and talented educators, teacher leaders, library-media specialists, instructional technology specialists, and college student personnel administrators).
Graduates’ Content Knowledge
Among first-time test-takers, UCA teacher education program area candidates score, on average, above the state average on content knowledge licensure exams in the overwhelming majority of program content areas (i.e. Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Middle School Math, Middle School Social Studies, Secondary English, Secondary Math, Secondary Biology, Secondary Physical Science, Secondary Social Studies, Physical Education, and Art).
Among first-time test-takers, UCA teacher education program area candidates score, on average, above the national average on content knowledge licensure exams (i.e. Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Middle School Math, Secondary English, Secondary Physical Science, and Physical Education).
Graduates’ Pedagogical Knowledge
Among first time test-takers, UCA teacher education program area candidates score, on average, at or above the state and national average on all pedagogical knowledge licensure exams (i.e. Early Childhood, Middle Level, Secondary);
Classroom Teaching Effectiveness
UCA educator preparation candidates experience rich and in-depth clinical experiences, resulting in strong teaching effectiveness. In a recent pilot study of first year teachers, UCA graduates were one of the two highest-performing university groups in influencing their K-12 students’ learning and achievement outcomes.
How Do Arkansas Novice Teachers Rate Their University’s Teacher Preparation Program?
First year teachers who are UCA graduates rate their teacher preparation programs more favorably than do first year teachers who graduated from any other teacher preparation institution in the state…. Well above the state average.
Novice Teacher Job Placement Rates
Approximately 60% of UCA graduates are teaching in Arkansas public schools the year after they graduate, with most teaching in Central Arkansas or Northwest Arkansas. The remaining graduates are teaching out-of-state or in private schools. Many graduates also continue on to graduate school.
UCA offers over 10 graduate programs, most of which are offered on-line for working professionals.
Programs include: school/district leadership, school counseling, library-media, instructional technology, reading/dyslexia, gifted and talented, special education, teacher leadership, college student personnel administration, and an Interdisciplinary phd program in Leadership.
UCA also has a large MAT program for post-baccalaureate candidates who want to pursue entry into the teaching profession by earning an initial teacher license in middle level education or a relevant secondary education content area.
The College of Education offers a variety of fun, engaging, and educational summer camps for young school-age students.