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New data and analysis shows that most programs at the colleges and universities that prepare future elementary teachers still do not fully cover the science of reading. The report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), Teacher Prep Review: Strengthening Elementary Reading Instruction, provides the most up-to-date information available on how teacher preparation programs prepare aspiring teachers to teach children to read.  “We’re in the midst of a long overdue revolution on the science of reading, but teacher prep programs haven’t fully caught up,” said Dr. Heather Peske, NCTQ President. “Prospective teachers—and certainly their students—deserve far better.” One of those schools that is doing better is Tennessee Wesleyan University.

“The Education Department of Tennessee Wesleyan University is proud to be recognized by the National Council for Teacher Quality for the effective teaching of foundational reading instruction in our courses, shared Melanie Amburn, Ed. S., Assistant Professor of Education, Department Chair/Elementary Program Director, Tennessee Wesleyan University. This scoring of our program with an A+ is a credit to the excellent work of our professors and the emphasis on literacy in our teacher candidate studies. We are acutely aware that preK-12 student success depends greatly on the strength of the classroom teacher’s understanding of the foundations of literacy and are pleased to serve our partner districts and their students through the provision of excellently prepared teachers of reading.”

Teachers have clamored for the tools, skills, and support to enhance their reading instruction and help them reach all children, including those who struggle with dyslexia and English Language Learners,” continued American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. “Initiatives like AFT’s Reading Opens the World can enhance kids’ love of reading and teachers’ skills, but pre-service preparation is the essential foundation for reading instruction. The entire educational community must unite in advocating for the programs, policies, training, and resources that bring the science and the joy of reading to life.”

With a host of dedicated faculty and engaged students, Tennessee Wesleyan University is poised to continue to effectively train future teachers in the science of reading preparation education.

Read the complete report here.