Date of Award
Education 590 Project
Master of Education
Department Chair or Program Director
Dr. Jane Huffman
Dr. Nancy Guth
Major or Concentration
The perspective of first-year teachers is valuable in identifying the ways in which preparation programs are successfully educating their student teachers. This qualitative study investigates the effectiveness of university-based teacher preparation programs accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Specifically, this study is attempting to gain a better understanding of how the knowledge and skills of novice teachers were efficiently developed in the areas of differentiation, multiculturalism, classroom management, and content knowledge as well as how mentorship through field experience contributes to their growth. To answer the research question, seven interviews were analyzed from in-state, first-year teachers that recently graduated from a Virginia education program. Findings indicated that the evaluation of Virginia programs is consistent with average ratings across the United States except for higher rates of preparation in multiculturalism. It is also recommended that programs instruct using frequent field experience in conjunction with courses.
Houchins, Christine, "Effectiveness of Virginia Teacher Preparation Programs" (2022). Student Research Submissions. 447.
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching Commons, Elementary Education and Teaching Commons, Higher Education and Teaching Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons