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Flagler College Education Program Ranks First in the State

Jul 12, 2022

Flagler College’s preparation of the next generation of teachers has been recognized as a top-tier education program in Florida.

A Flagler College Professor teaching in the classroom
A Flagler College Professor teaching in the classroom

The Elementary/Exceptional Student Education/ESOL/Reading program was ranked No. 1 in the state with four other colleges and universities based on the 2021 "Florida Teacher Preparation Programs" annual performance report by the Florida Department of Education.

In addition, Flagler and Florida Atlantic University received the highest score for student learning and growth.

The rankings were based on placement rate, retention rate, student performance on statewide assessments and teacher evaluations.

The education program, which is offered at both the St. Augustine campus and the Tallahassee campus, prepares the future teachers of Florida to successfully transition into a full-time teaching position and lead a classroom of young students. The Flagler College Elementary Education program provides a state-of-the-art curriculum paired with hands-on experiences that link content, theory and practice from day one.

Shelly Haser, Education Professor and Department Chair at the Tallahassee campus, said the ranking is evidence that Flagler’s program is succeeding in preparing teachers for the demanding field, and that Flagler will continue to develop innovative partnerships with schools.

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