Student teachers receive classroom assignments for fall semester

An orientation program was held Aug. 27 for student teachers.
An orientation program was held Aug. 27 for student teachers.

Misericordia University teacher education majors recently received their fall student teaching assignments during an orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

 Five student teachers from Misericordia University participated in the program, which prepares the undergraduates for classroom observation and instruction in several regional school districts and outside the region.
The Teacher Education Department at Misericordia University requires student teachers to observe student instruction for 14 weeks in two different classrooms as part of their educational and professional experience. Students spend the school day in their assigned classrooms at first observing and then gradually teaching classes.
Misericordia’s Teacher Education Department was one of the first teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania to meet the state’s more rigorous requirements. A report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education gave Misericordia high marks in many areas, but especially for its work to implement early and continuous field experiences, and for its extensive student teaching program. The department was fully accredited by the state in 2000.
The Misericordia University Teacher Education Program is also one of 105 teacher preparation programs in the country and one of only seven in Pennsylvania named to the Honor Roll in the 2013 National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ratings released by U.S. News & World Report in June. The undergraduate secondary education program received three out of four stars in the national report, “Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs 2013.’’ The three-star designation means the Misericordia University Teacher Education Program “provides strong preparation,’’ according to the report. Of the 1,200 elementary and secondary education programs in the United States that were assigned an overall program rating by NCTQ, only 9 percent received the special Honor Roll designation by earning three or four stars.
In northeastern Pennsylvania, Misericordia University is one of only two schools to be recognized nationally. Four schools achieved a four-star ranking in the NCATE study. The final report is a 2.5-year effort to gauge the quality of the bachelor’s and master’s degree tracks required to enter the teaching profession, according to U.S. News & World Report. NCTQ’s ratings evaluated 1,200 teacher preparation programs at 608 colleges and universities on key standards designated by the research group.
The following Misericordia student teachers received their classroom assignments: Kelsey Cameron of Telford, Pa., is assigned to the Dallas School District; Michael Kiak of Hellertown, Pa., is student teaching at Saucon Valley High School and Middle School; Megan Kryger of Dallas, Pa., is assigned to the Wilkes-Barre Area and Greater Nanticoke Area School Districts; Sarah Richard of Pine Plains, N.Y., is student teaching at the Dallas School District, and Megan Ziegenfus of Luzerne Pa., is student teaching at Wyoming Valley West and Pittston Area School Districts.
The following teacher education majors at Misericordia University recently participated in an orientation program prior to beginning their student teacher assignments for the fall semester. Students participating in the program, first row from left, are Sarah Richard, Pine Plains, N.Y., and Kelsey Cameron, Telford, Pa.; second row, Megan Ziegenfus, Luzerne, Pa.; Michael Kiak, Hellertown, Pa., and Megan Kryger, Dallas, Pa.