Misericordia University Student Teachers Receive Classroom Assignments
MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY TEACHER EDUCATION MAJORS recently received their student teaching classroom assignments for the spring semester during an orientation program on campus. Students receiving classroom placements include, first row from left, Andrew Casanova, Kaylene Lessard, Sara Krsulic, Rebecca Darling, Sarah Solano, Amanda Sutton, and Bryan Palmaioli. Row two: Kelly Mott, Gabriella Cerrone, Lindsay Sutkowski, Kirsten Fisher, Jessica Vanchure, Courtney Bieber, Emily Esposito, Marisa Ferenchick, Melissa Smith, Ashley Blazaskie, and Holly Welsh. Back: Auraleah Grega, Wapwallopen; Cassie Tirpak, T. J. Shaefer, John Meholic, Alison Sacco, Victoria Pollock, Sara Gravine, Ashlee Venn, Kristen Iaconetti, and Stephanie Pugh. Nicollette Scheitrum will also be student teaching.

Misericordia University teacher education majors recently received their student teaching classroom assignments for the spring semester during an orientation program in the Alden Trust Room of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

Twenty-nine Misericordia University student teachers participated in the program, which prepares the undergraduates for classroom observation and instruction in several regional school districts.

The Teacher Education Department at Misericordia University requires student teachers to observe student instruction for 14 weeks in two different classrooms as part of their educational and professional experience. Students spend the school day in their assigned classrooms at first observing and then gradually teaching classes.

Auraleah Grega of Wapwallopen is student teaching at Pittston Middle School.

Misericordia’s Teacher Education Department is one of 105 teacher preparation programs in the country and one of only seven in Pennsylvania that were named to the Honor Roll in the 2013 National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ratings released by U. S. News & World Report.

Misericordia University’s undergraduate secondary education program received three out of four stars in the national report, “Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs 2013.’’ The three-star designation means the Misericordia University Teacher Education Program “provides strong preparation,’’ according to the report. Of the 1,200 elementary and secondary education programs in the United States that were assigned an overall program rating by NCTQ, only 9 percent received the special Honor Roll designation by earning three or four stars.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, Misericordia University is one of only two schools to be recognized nationally. Four schools achieved a four-star ranking in the NCATE study.

The final report is a 2½-year effort to gauge the quality of the bachelor’s and master’s degree tracks required to enter the teaching profession, according to U. S. News & World Report. NCTQ’s ratings evaluated 1,200 teacher preparation programs at 608 colleges and universities on key standards designated by the research group.

To ensure quality instruction and preparedness, the Misericordia University Teacher Education Program has been among the first in the state to seek accreditation under newly established standards. In 2001, Misericordia volunteered to be the first program in the state reviewed and accredited under the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s new standards and was among the first to be reaccredited under the 2010 guidelines.

The Misericordia Teacher Education Program is also seeking national accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education, which granted the program “candidacy status.’’

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