CLEMSON — A Clemson University teacher education program is among the nation’s most effective at equipping future high school teachers with knowledge about the subjects they will teach, according to a report this week from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Clemson’s bachelor of science in science teaching program is among 35 college and university programs earning an “A” on the council’s “high school content standard,” which considers specific state regulations on teacher certification standards as well as individual institutions’ course content offerings, degree plans and admissions selectivity.

“Teachers deserve the opportunity to be prepared, and we congratulate these colleges and universities for leading the pack in taking steps to give teachers a solid base in subject knowledge,” said Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality. “The most critical step is to make sure that the coursework is rigorous and strong, holding students accountable for achieving mastery in the subjects they intend to teach.”

Clemson’s bachelor of science in science teaching program prepares students to teach the biological sciences, earth sciences or physical sciences in grades 9-12. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the National Science Teachers Association.

“With the ever-increasing importance of science and technology, it is vital that science teaching programs equip their students in ways that help them inspire the next generation of scientists and problem-solvers,” said George J. Petersen, founding dean of the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, which houses the science teaching program. “We are honored with this designation and view it as another example of our efforts to systematically improve education.”

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The Eugene T. Moore School of Education
Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education trains teachers, counselors and leaders for preschool through grade 12 schools, prepares counselors for community practice and higher education, and prepares training and development specialists for business and industry through its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The National Council on Teacher Quality
The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group committed to modernizing the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers.