Teacher Preparation Annual Report


April 2017


Fort Valley State University’s College of Education (CoE) is comprised of four departments: Middle

Grades, Agriculture Education, Early Childhood/Special Education, Health and Physical EducationData for the last three academic years illustrate an increase in graduation Grade Point Averages and employment rates. More than 93 percent of the COE’s alums are non-white. Approximately 92 percent of the graduates are employed. Fifty-seven percent of FVSU’s graduates are employed in the following school systems: Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Henry, Lawrence, Dekalb, Fulton, Macon, Richmond and


Candidates from FVSU’s CoE teacher education programs demonstrate strong performances during their matriculation and graduation from our program. In Fall 2013-Spring 2016, 81 candidates graduated in degree programs that allowed them to teach in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and special education classrooms. Some evidence of FVSU CoE candidates’ success includes:

Results on state licensure exams: Ninety-eight percent of CoE graduates successfully completed licensure exams in their respective content areas within three months of graduating from FVSU.

Graduate surveys: Within one month of graduating from FVSU, about 90 percent of candidates had either found positions in classrooms teaching, were enrolled in graduate school, or became gainfully employed in careers related to education.

Average GPA of program completers: Teacher education programs graduates are demonstrating a greater level of success in their content and pedagogy coursework. The average grade point average of FVSU CoE 2013-2016 degree completers was a respectable 3.21.

Retention rates in preparation programs in the teaching field: Retention rates for FVSU’s

CoE 2013-2016 graduates show that many, if not all, are gainfully employed and enjoy teaching. Although some transition from school to school, all alums continue to teach and demonstrate strong performance in their schools as educators.

Job placement rates: A mean of 90% percent of the FVSU CoE 2013-2016 class successfully received jobs in the education field within one to two months of graduating from the university.

Graduation rates: One hundred percent of FVSU CoE 2013-2016 candidates graduated.

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