Watson College of Education

Educator Preparation Effectiveness

The educator preparation programs at the Wilmington University of North Carolina are held to high standards. The EPP is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education ( NCATE ). In 2021, UNCW will be seeking accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( CAEP ). CAEP has identified eight annual reporting measures and requires public disclosure. These impact measures include:

Impact on B-12 Learning and Development 

The students at UNCW have a positive impact on B-12 learning and development. Each year, we survey our alumni and one question. The open-ended question asked is, "If you're currently working in a school or school district, please provide 1-2 brief examples of instances where you've positively impacted student learning." Comments fell into the categories below. Comments that could not be categorized (ie, the number in the parentheses for each category refers to the number of comments, not the number of candidates.

Building relationships (12)
• Addressing individual needs / differentiation (11)
• Implemented new programs (6)
• Fostered a love for learning (6)
• Modified behavioral problems (5)
• Parent and community outreach (4)
• Increased literacy skills (3)
• Fostered collaboration (3)
• Utilized professional development (3)
• Effective use of technology (2)

* The data above is from the 2018 alumni survey (n = 72)

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Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness 

The UNC Educator Quality Performance and Employment Dashboard, disaggregated by institution. Value-Added Models and Teacher Evaluation Ratings can be found on their website. To view this data in its interactive dashboard, click  here .

An article recently published by the Public Schools of North Carolina showcases North Carolina has a lead producer of National Board Certified Teachers . To view this article, click here

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Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones 

The satisfaction of UNCW graduates' employers is measured annually. Employees of WCE alumni responded to the mission statement, Values, and Conceptual Framework of the WCE.

WCE alumni-the following statements (4.5 or higher on a 5-point scale):

  • Work well with others in the organization.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional provisions and values.
  • Uphold ethical standards to ensure just and respectful educational practices.

We keep in touch with our graduates and love to celebrate the success of their employment milestones. One of the questions in our alumni survey (awards, additional certifications, other career milestones ... etc.) 

Career Milestones from WCE alumni

Which of the following career have you achieved? - Awards, Additional Certifications, Other Career Milestones, please specify:

Teacher of the Year 2017-2018
Teacher of the Year, Mentoring, National Boards
Teacher of the Week
New Hanover County Emerging Leaders 2017-2018
SREB Certification to Teach College Readiness Math
Certifications in Kirkpatrick Partners evaluation program; Quality Matters
Teacher of the Year 2018
Licensure in Curriculum, Instruction, Supervision
Teacher of the Month, AIG, STEM Scholarship recipient, Certified Tutor, Action-Based Learning Pilot Program, ABL Presenter
Cleared CA Credentials
Rookie of the Year
New Teacher of the Year 2016-2017 
2018 National Board Candidate
Post Baccalaureate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning
Certification in 6-9 ELA, Social Studies; Certification in Elementary Education and 6-9 Mathematics
2013 Beginner Teacher of the Year Award; 2015 Fulbright-Hays Shanghai Participant; 2016 VFW Teacher of the Year

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Satisfaction of Completers 

It is important that graduates are satisfied with their experience while at UNCW. To ensure this, and make programmatic data-based decisions, we survey the candidates at graduation. In addition, the UNC Educator's Quality Dashboard surveys recent UNC education graduates on the quality of their teacher preparation program. Data is available here and can be found  here

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Graduation Rates and Time-To-Degree 

Graduation rates and time-to-degree are tracked and disaggregated by the UNC Educator Quality Dashboard. This data reflects the average number of years, terms, and credit hours for education completion by UNC institution. The data can be accessed  here

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Licensing and State Requirements

The Praxis is licensed for North Carolina Teaching Licensure. Below are the pass rates for UNCW students: 

Praxis data for WCE students

Test Name

Testing Year: SEP-2016 TO AUG-2017

Testing Year: SEP-2017 TO AUG-2018

Total N
# Pass
% Pass
Total N
# Pass
% Pass
Art: Content and Analysis (5135/0135) 2 * * 2 * *
Biology: Content Knowledge (5235/0235) 5 5 100 1 * *
Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101/0101) 1 * * 0 * *
Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245/0245) 3 * * 1 * *
Core Academic Skills for Ed: Math (5732/0732) 195 123 63.08 181 100 55.25
Core Academic Skills for Ed: Reading (5712/0712) 197 188 95.43 176 162 92.05
Core Academic Skills for Ed: Writing (5722/0722) 200 126 63 175 96 54.86
Early Childhood Education (5025/0025) 8 7 87.5 1 * *
Earth and Space Sci: Content Knowledge (5571/0571) 1 * * 2 * *
Ed Leadership: Admin and Supervision (5411/0411) 15 15 100 6 6 100
English Lang Arts: Content Knowledge (5038/0038) 11 11 100 19 19 100
English to Speakers of Other Languages ​​(5362/0362) 5 5 100 16 15 93.75
French: World Language (5174/0174) 0 * * 2 * *
Fundamental Subject: Content Knowledge (5511/0511) 12 12 100 14 14 100
General Science: Content Knowledge (5435/0435) 12 12 100 5 4 80
German: World Language (5183/0183) 0 * * 1 * *
Gifted Education (5358/0358) 0 * * 2 * *
Health and Phys Ed: Content Knowledge (5857/0857) 15 11 73.33 15 13 86.67
Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161/0161) 6 4 66.67 11 6 54.55
Middle School English Language Arts (5047/0047) 16 9 56.25 22 18 81.82
Middle School Mathematics (5169/0169) 19 16 84.21 15 13 86.67
Middle School Science (5440/0440) 17 14 82.35 17 15 88.24
Middle School Social Studies (5089/0089) 22 21 95.45 16 14 87.5
Music: Content and Instruction (5114/0114) 6 3 50 5 4 80
Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5091/0091) 3 * * 2 * *
Physics: Content Knowledge (5265/0265) 1 * * 0 * *
Principles of Learn Teach: Grades 7-12 (5624/0624) 36 35 97.22 41 40 97.56
Professional School Counselor (5421/0421) 0 * * 1 * *
Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081/0081) 13 10 76.92 16 12 75
Spanish: World Language (5195/0195) 3 * * 6 2 33.33
Special Ed: Core Know Mild / Moderate App (5543/0543) 18 17 94.44 25 22 88
Special Ed: Core Know Severe / Prof App (5545/0545) 12 12 100 11 11 100
Special Ed: Core Knowledge & Applic (5354/0354) 4 * * 2 * *
Teaching Reading (5204/0204) 1 * * 2 * *
Technology Education (5051/0051) 1 * * 0 * *
Notes: * No data are displayed because the reviews are less than 5.

 

The EdTPA is a performance evaluation that will be required for North Carolina Teaching Licensure. As of Fall 2018, UNCW is in the midst of piloting this assessment. Below are the results of the 2017-2018 pilot year:

EdTPA data for WCE students

Program

Total Students

Avg of Total Scores

Elementary Literacy 83 39.12
Elementary Mathematics 1 *
English as an Additional Language 3 *
French 2 *
General Science - Middle Childhood 1 *
History - Middle Childhood 1 *
Mild / Moderate 1 *
Physical Education - General 6 41.50
Spanish 5 27.25 **

* No data are displayed because the number of submissions is less than 5.
** All handbooks are scored with 75 points maximum score with the exception of World Languages ​​(French and Spanish) having a maximum score of 65 points.

 

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Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared 

Alumni are surveyed each year and they have responded to their WCE degree or licensure program, WCE faculty, and their current professional practice. Items are aligned to the Mission, Values, and Conceptual Framework of the WCE.

The majority of alumni agreed or strongly agreed with the statement of the impact of their WCE degree or licensure program:

  • Helped me develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a proficient education professional.
  • Increased / reinforced my dedication to improving schools.
  • Increased / reinforced my dedication to improving society.
  • Was academically rigorous.
  • Provided sufficient opportunities to engage with schools or other application sites.
  • Provided sufficient opportunities to engage with organizations (eg, businesses, foundations, community organizations).
  • Provided sufficient opportunities to work with various communities (eg, schools, organizations, groups).
  • Developed my ability to effectively engage learners.
  • Developed my ability to effectively assess learning.
  • Helped me to develop appropriate professional provisions and values.

The majority of alumni agreed or strongly agreed with all statements on the faculty in their program at the WCE:

  • We are knowledgeable and proficient education professionals.
  • Were in their field of expertise.
  • Used research in their teaching.
  • Were committed to advancing the education profession.
  • Were committed to WCE student success.

The majority of alumni agreed or strongly agreed with their statements (4.5 or higher on a 5-point scale):

  • I value diversity in teaching and learning.
  • I uphold ethical standards to ensure fair and respectful educational practices.
  • I develop nurturing environments for growth, positive relationships, and new ideas.
  • I engage in continual reflection for learning, growth, and change.

In addition, alumni were asked to provide examples of positive impacts they had made on student learning. The most common themes included:

  • Student growth in academic achievement
  • Positive student attitudes towards learning and growing student engagement
  • Individual student growth in academic achievement through one-on-one support

 

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Student Loan Default Rates

The United States Department of Education Relates to Cohorts (eg, the FY 2014 Cohort 2012-3013 enrollment). This data is released in three year increments. The FY 2016 is expected to be released fall 2019. 

Student Loan Default Rates

FY2015

FY2014

FY2013

Default Rate

3.5

4.8

3.7

Number in Default

106

140

102

Number in Repayment

2,992

2,901

2,712

Source: Department of Education

  

Other Consumer Information

North Carolina Teacher Salary Schedule

UNCW Cost Information

 

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