Middle Tennessee State University Three-Year Official Cohort Default Rate is provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from the National Center for Education Statistics. The default rate for MTSU graduates was 10.9% for 2014, 9.6 % for 2015, 10.3% for 2016, and 9.7% for 2017.
Education Preparation Accreditation
The Middle Tennessee State University College of Education is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 7th through November 9th, 2021. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written testimony to:
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Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
- In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
- A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
- Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review.
Each year, the Tennessee State Board of Education releases the Tennessee’s Educator Preparation Report Card designed to provide to the public at large information about teacher and school leader preparation in our State. The metrics from MTSU’s Report Card included in each of the impact measures are used by MTSU’s College of Education to identify strengths and areas for improvement related to the impact of our preparation programs on our graduates as they entered the classroom.
Impact on P-12 Learning and Development
In Tennessee, teachers’ impact on student growth is measured using the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS). A score of 3 on a scale of 1-5 is considered “at expectations”. In the Report Card, only teachers teaching a grade or subject that has a state assessment receive TVAAS scores.
Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
Teachers in Tennessee are evaluated through TEAM classroom observations and student scores using the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS). Teachers also receive level of effectiveness scores (LOE). The LOE score includes all components of the Tennessee teachers’ annual evaluation, which includes TEAM observation scores and TVAAS scores. A level 3 on a scale of 1-5 is considered “at expectations” on all three of these measures.
Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones
Information about MTSU's teacher candidates and their resulting employment in Tennessee public schools in their first year after graduation and for the following two consecutive years is collected and reported through the Report Card.
Employer feedback about our completers has been gathered through focus groups, interviews, and surveys.
Satisfaction of Completers
The Tennessee Educator Survey, which is conducted each spring by the Tennessee Department of Education in partnership with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance. Teachers in their first three years of teaching complete the Early Career branch of the survey. The results of this survey from teachers who graduated from MTSU are included in MTSU’s EPP Report Card.
Outcomes measures are those measures used to help us know more about how our program completers fair as they complete their programs and enter the workforce. These data come from a variety of sources and provide important details about our graduates.
Student success, retention, and completion is a University priority. Each year, MTSU publishes a fact book that includes data for the University, Colleges, and Departments. The data reported in the fact book by College of Education and its associated Departments would not reflect the secondary education minors as they major in other Colleges.
Furthermore, information by College, Department, and major can be obtained through the MTSU Power BI Dashboard (https://www.mtsu.edu/iepr/bi.php).
Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing and Additional State Requirements
In order for an individual to acquire a teaching license in Tennessee, many requirements must be met. All candidates must pass a series of assessments. The specific assessments measured through the Report Card are the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam and the Praxis Subject Assessments, specific for each endorsement area. The edTPA, a performance assessment completed during the final residency semester, also is required for licensure.
Title II also provides evidence of performance on qualifying exams (i.e., Praxis).
Summary of All Traditional Preparation Programs
Summary of All Alternative Preparation Programs (Job-Embedded)
MTSU’s average score on the edTPA, a performance assessment required for licensure, for the past three academic years has well surpassed the state required score of 40.
Academic year 20-21 average score 45.00
Academic year 19-20 average score 45.65
Academic year 18-19 average score 45.82
Academic year 17-18 average score 46.19
State licensure requirements also include an admission to teacher education assessment. The Report Card includes data about candidates who scored at or above the required score on the admission to teacher education qualifying assessments.
Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Were Prepared
Completers of MTSU’s educator preparation programs are hired for teaching positions in the endorsement areas for which they have been prepared. MTSU’s EPP Report Card provides data about employment in Tennessee’s public schools.
Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information
According to the most recent Tennessee Educator Preparation Program Report Card, we provide the most educators with the highest observation scores and highest level of effectiveness, respectively, to our public schools in Tennessee.
We are #2 in preparing educators of color and #2 in preparing teachers to fill high demand areas such as math, science, special education, and English as a Second Language.
“MTSU was named among the nation’s best by Princeton Review” in 2019 and 2020.
Primary and State Recognized Partnerships
In accordance with Tennessee Educator Preparation Policy 5.504 EPPs are required to develop formalized partnership agreements with their district partners. These partnership agreements detail how they will collaborate to ensure that candidates meet the district needs (demographic and skill-specific) and how educator and instructional leader candidates will participate in high-quality clinical experiences.
State-Recognized Partnership Agreements
Establishes the roles and responsibilities of EPP faculty and district staff regarding the delivery of candidate support and evaluation.
- Bedford County Schools SRPA
- Cannon County Schools SRPA
- Coffee County Schools SRPA
- Lawrence County Schools SRPA
- Lincoln County Schools SRPA
- Marshall County Schools SRPA
- Marshall County Schools IL SRPA
- Maury County Schools SRPA
- Metro Nashville Public Schools SRPA
- Murfreesboro City Schools SRPA
- Murfreesboro City Schools IL SRPA
- Sumner County Schools SRPA
- Tullahoma City Schools SRPA
- Warren County Schools SRPA
- Williamson County Schools SRPA
- Wilson County Schools SRPA