The College of Education represents the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at Southern Connecticut State University. The College received its continuous accreditation by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in Fall 2021.

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EPP Programs

The EPP consists of 58 programs at the initial and advanced levels, and are run by departments from the College of Education, the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Health & Human Services.

The following graduate advanced programs have earned their accreditation within their specialty areas, outside CAEP:

The following programs achieved National Recognition by their Specialized Professional Associations:

  • SYC Educational Leadership – Full recognition by ELCC/NELP (Recognized till 2025)

  • EdD – EDLA – Full recognition by ELCC/NELP (Recognized till 2025)

  • BS English (7-12) – Full recognition by NCTE (Recognized till 2027)

  • Post Bacc English (7-12) – Full recognition by NCTE (Recognized till 2027)

  • MS Reading – Full recognition by ILA/IRA (Recognized till 2025)

  • SYC Reading – Full recognition by ILA/IRA (Recognized till 2025)

  • SYC School Psychology – Full recognition by NASP (Recognized till 2027)

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures 

CAEP requires every Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) to report and prominently display data on its website relating to eight Annual Reporting Measures established by CAEP.

Impact on Students’ Learning

At this time, Connecticut legislation explicitly prohibits the linking of any state student-testing database with state educator databases, thereby precluding the use of value-added methodologies for the evaluation of teacher performance based on student achievement.

However, given CAEP standard requirements and federal Title II requirements regarding measurements of student effectiveness, Connecticut EPPs continue to work with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) to develop alternative reliable and valid methodologies for measuring EPP program impact on student growth.

The EPP at SCSU uses a variety of measures to demonstrate the effectiveness of our programs in preparing our candidates to have an impact on P-12 student learning. We use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods through employer and completer satisfaction surveys, interviews with school leaders and teacher evaluation data during the induction phase of teaching of our graduates. The EPP prepares day one ready teachers, who apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions developed in the programs. We continuously assess the effectiveness of our initial EPP programs through active partnerships with several of our local school districts and regional education service centers. Such partners comprise a twenty-person external advisory board chaired by the executive director of the Cooperative Educational Services that review our syllabi, assessments, breadth and depth of our placements, and survey data reports. Feedback from this board and the Superintendent’s Consortium chaired by the Dean of the College of Education helps the EPP continuously improve its programming and keep up-to-date with the needs and challenges of our regional school systems where many of our candidates are hired.

Starting Spring 2021, our advisory board members agreed to share with us non identifiable data about our program completers who are hired by their district regarding their retention and their completion of the TEAM program modules.

The TEAM (Teacher Education And Mentoring) Program is a process of continuous professional growth designed around five professional growth modules aligned to the Common Core of Teaching (CCT). It is an iterative process that deeply engages teachers in the work of analyzing student needs, assessing their knowledge and skills, attaining new learning to develop strategies to address weaknesses and strengths, implementing new strategies and practices, and reflecting on the impact of specific practices on student learning

The TEAM program is composed of 5 modules:

  1. Classroom environment
  2. Planning
  3. Instruction
  4. Assessment
  5. Professional responsibility

In spring 2021, we collected data on 94 completers who started the TEAM program, 40 completers have finished it and the rest are still in the process of completing it.

We consider that completing the TEAM training provide enough evidence on our completers having positive impact on students’ learning since that is the core part of the reflection of each of the modules.

To date, 99 program completers had completed all or some of the TEAM modules. There are only 11 completers out of the 99 (or 11%) who showed some struggle with some of the modules.

Module 5 is the module that most completers complete with ease, and none had needed any support completing it.

  Completed with Ease Needed some support
Module 1 12 12.77% 5 5.32%
Module 2 7 7.45% 3 3.19%
Module 3 6 6.38% 2 2.13%
Module 4 6 6.38% 1 1.06%
Module 5 22 23.40%    

Teacher Effectiveness Case Studies

A shared goal of our various teacher preparation programs is to prepare future teachers who will have a positive impact on P-12 student learning. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires EPP to demonstrate the impact of our program completers on P-12 student learning and development.

The College of Education at Southern Connecticut State University conducted several case studies on our program completers in the field to gain empirical insight into the effectiveness of their teaching and their impact on the learning of their P-12 students.

In spring 2021, our advisory board members agreed to share with us non identifiable data about our program completers performance and SEED scores.

The total candidates hired by districts is 151. Out of the 151 completers, only 3 (1.94%) received the score of “Developing”. All the rest scored proficient or exemplary.

  • 121 out of 151 (77%) are retained by their hiring districts. Some candidates had switched to different districts.
  • Some of our partners were able to provide us with data on the performance of our candidates on the SEED model. For the districts that shared the SEED scores, and on average, the score of our completers For AY 17-18 was 3 and for AY 18-19 it was 3.04. (Score Scale: Below Standard – 1; Developing – 2; Proficient – 3; Exemplary – 4)
  • There were no scores reported for AY 19-20, due to the pandemic.

Results of Case Study 1: 2017 - 2018

The EPP conducted a first case study during the academic year 2017-2018, that focused on the teaching effectiveness of program completers with particular focus on their classroom application of professional knowledge, skills and dispositions. The study was qualitative and designed following the tenets of participatory action research. Ethnographic data collection methods and a survey were used to gather data on the participants’ perceptions of their teaching effectiveness. Within this study, program completers evaluated their own teaching effectiveness and impact on K-12 students. They created individualized goals, plans for improvement and participated in on-going reflection of their methods and growth.  Participants were able to evaluate areas in need of growth, challenges faced within the school and classroom setting. Overall, this study provided helpful feedback regarding curriculum-based learning to support success for pre-service teachers and provided rich information for our teacher preparation programs.

Key Findings of the Study

  • Initially, program completers self-identified areas of instructional delivery as needing improvement. Researchers were able to identify common instructional themes among participants, and to monitor the processes that program completers underwent to improve their effectiveness in identified areas.

  • Program completers were able to self-identify areas in need of improvement, suggesting that teacher effectiveness is a work in progress. In fact, regardless of their years of teaching experience, data reflects that all completers can identify areas to improve upon.

  • Through a process of reflection, shared feedback, and strategy, program completers reported improvement in self-identified areas of teacher effectiveness (e.g., checking for understanding, meaningful use of technology).

  • Program completers identified the following areas of preparation as in need of further support: collaboration with paraprofessionals, differentiation/individualization of instruction, assessment, and writing individualized education plans (IEP).

  • Other themes immerged that suggested that program completer rating of teaching effectiveness was impacted by current employment factors. These included large class size, district mandates, diversity in learners’ needs, lack of technology, and limited time to complete job responsibilities.

Results of Case Study 2: 2020

The EPP conducted a second case study in Spring 2020, working with one of our providers of clinical field work, a Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) for the twenty-five school districts in south central Connecticut. Approximately 70 of our teacher education candidates are placed in the RESC schools each semester through either clinical field experience or student teaching placement. This core partner offers a representative sample of our graduates and their impact on P-12 student learning.

This case study consisted of qualitative interviews with school leaders based on their evaluations of our program completers. School leaders completed the SEED evaluation to assess teachers across the following four domains:

  • Domain 1: Classroom Environment, Student Engagement and Commitment to Learning

  • Domain 2: Planning for Active Learning Teachers implement instruction in order to engage students in rigorous and relevant learning and to promote their curiosity about the world at large

  • Domain 3: Instruction for Active Learning

  • Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities and Teacher Leadership

Qualitative highlights including areas for continuing improvement by domain follow.

Domain 1: Classroom Environment, Student Engagement and Commitment to Learning

Across all interviews, school leaders reported that our completers developed strong relationships with students to create welcoming learning environments. Completers were commended for being open, welcoming, and also putting forth efforts to get to know students outside of school. Furthermore, completers were observed acting as mentors to students and celebrating students. Beyond making all students feel welcome, completers also take pride in creating comfortable learning environments for students.

School leaders noted an area of improvement for SCSU completers to be establishing working relationships with co-teachers. Specifically, they noted missed opportunities for teachers to better manage classrooms through small groups as opposed to whole class, by not knowing how to utilize the co-teacher in the room. School leaders believe that, with training for completers on developing and utilizing working relationships with co-teachers in the classrooms, management would be even stronger.

Domain 2: Planning for Active Learning

School leaders elaborated on the planning practices SCSU completers engage in on a daily basis within their schools. Whether it be daily lesson planning with mentors or grade level colleagues, or unit planning with department members across the district, all SCSU completers are responsible for creating and using lesson plans within their classrooms.

Schools commended SCSU completers for being thoughtful and well planned. Completers take advantage of collaborative and individual planning times. This is a strong area for our graduates.

Domain 3: Instruction for Active Learning

SCSU completers were noted for using data throughout their planning practices, however one school leader stated that teachers could benefit from using data more often.

Schools also noted that while SCSU completers are competent in modifying and differentiating work for lower leveled students, at times they struggle to differentiate for students functioning at higher academic levels. 

Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities and Teacher Leadership

Through Power School, program completers communicate regularly with parents—on both a daily and weekly basis. In addition, teachers communicate with parents through a Google Doc log regarding individual student progress. 

In regard to professional growth, all interviewees were in agreement that SCSU completers work to better themselves. For example, one teacher took steps within their first year to write a grant in which $10,000 was awarded. Through this grant, the teacher embraced the school’s theme and created connections to STEM with class content.

The employer survey is not administered every year. The EPP is currently revising the survey and moving forward, the new survey will be administered every other year.

  • Employer Satisfaction Survey: 2020

  • Employer Satisfaction Survey: 2015 

The alumni survey is not administered every year. The EPP is currently revising the survey and moving forward, the new survey will be administered every other year.

  • Completers Satisfaction Survey: 2020

  • Completers Satisfaction Survey: 2015 

Completion Rate

  • Completion Rate = Graduated students / (Admitted students - Active students)
  • Graduation Date: Summer 2021 or Earlier

​Completion Rate for initial programs (all levels)

Cohorts are defined as the total number of students admitted to the CoE and who began their program during an academic year (Fall, Spring or Summer). For UG programs, it would be during sophomore year. For post bacc and MAT students, it will be admission to the program.

Cohort N Completer Active Withdrew Completion Rate
AY 15-16 212 185   27 87.26%
AY 16-17 289 253   36 87.54%
AY 17-18 263 219 2 42 83.91%
AY 18-19 261 203 13 45 81.85%
AY 19-20 292 149 107 36 80.54%
AY 20-21 290 3 270 17  
Grand Total 1607 1012 392 203 83.29%

Completion Rate for Advanced Programs reviewed under CAEP

Cohort N Active Withdrew Completer Completion Rate
AY 15-16 112 2 17 93 84.55%
AY 16-17 103 3 10 90 90.00%
AY 17-18 152 2 21 129 86.00%
AY 18-19 122 11 7 104 93.69%
AY 19-20 97 41 10 46 82.14%
AY 20-21 116 106 4 6  
Total 702 165 69 468 87.15%


Licensure Exams – Pass Rates

State Licensure Exams for Initial Programs (as Reported in Title II)



Group Number
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
All program completers, 2020-21   170   130 76%  1111   948 85%
All program completers, 2019-20   175   132 75%  1155  1007 87%
All program completers, 2018-19   245   216 88%  1234  1142 93%

Note: In cases where there are less than ten students taking the assessment or license/certificate, the number passing and pass rate are not reported.

  1. Number of completers taking one or more assessments within their area of specialization.
  2. Summary level “Number Taking Assessment” may differ from assessment level “Number Taking Assessment” because each student is counted once at the summary level but may be counted in multiple assessments at the assessment level.

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State Licensure Exams for Advanced Programs

The following pass rates are calculated based on the scores of program completers that we received from Pearson and ETS. The State of Connecticut does not provide official reports for the advanced licensure exams.

    AY 17-18 AY 18-19 AY 19-20 AY 20-21
Reading Specialist (008) Test Takers 25 36 21 7
Total Passing 23 34 20 6
Pass Rate 92% 94% 95% 86%
Praxis II 6412 - Administrator Test Takers   60 70 32
Total Passing   60 69 32
Pass Rate   100.00% 99.00% 100.00%

Title II Reports: Federal Reporting

Completers Employment Data 

The data used in the tables below were collected from the public records of the Connecticut State Department of Education. The employment data does not include the employment in private schools in CT.

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs (UG and Grad)

N = Number of completers certified and eligible to work in CT with their initial licensure area
Employment Numbers = Number of candidates employed in CT public schools in their field of licensure area

Grad Year N Employed in CT Employment Rate
AY 16-17 185 139 75%
AY 17-18 213 182 85%
AY 18-19 218 188 86%
AY 19-20 196 151 77%
AY 20-21 130 95 73%

Advanced Programs  (under CAEP review)

N = Number of completers certified and eligible to work in CT with their initial licensure area
Employment Numbers = Number of candidates employed in CT public schools in their field of licensure area

Grad Year N Employed in CT Employment Rate
AY 16-17 92 81 88%
AY 17-18 91 81 89%
AY 18-19 100 91 83%
AY 19-20 100 88 88%
AY 20-21 32 30 94%