Report: most student teaching programs are weak, including at SCSU

The student teaching programs at two state schools received mixed reviews in a national report card Thursday. Southern Connecticut State University’s program was rated “weak”, while Eastern Connecticut State University’s program was rated “good.”

Only a small amount of the colleges that were analyzed (18 percent) received a passing grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The low grades were given because the student teacher is often not carefully matched with their mentor teacher and are placed into whatever class the principal selects. Additionally, few programs require the mentor teachers have at least three years of teaching experience before they take on a student teacher or that they have a demonstrated improved student learning.

This same council is working with U.S. News and World Report to rank the nations teacher-preparation programs beginning in 2012.