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12/12/2013

Winthrop Honored for Its Teacher Education by the College Database

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 The not-for-profit organization ranked in-state, post-secondary institutions that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012.
 Winthrop awarded 253 education degrees in 2012, according to the list.

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Dean Jennie Rakestraw
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The College Database has honored Winthrop University as a top five college in South Carolina for teacher education in its new list, "Top Colleges in South Carolina Shaping the Next Generation."

The not-for-profit organization ranked in-state, post-secondary institutions that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. Winthrop awarded 253 education degrees in 2012, according to the list.

Richard W. Riley College of EducationDean Jennie Rakestraw said Winthrop is proud to be acknowledged as one of the top colleges in South Carolina shaping the next generation by graduating a significant number of educators who will work in schools. She added that teacher preparation is a major emphasis at Winthrop and is considered a university-wide commitment.

"We are transforming teacher education through innovative clinical practice in partnership with schools, with our teacher candidates working in school settings an average of 1,200 hours during their four years, culminating with a year-long internship as a 'junior faculty member,'" Rakestraw said. "As we prepare teachers with a deep understanding of content and the application of research-based teaching methods and new technologies, the teachers and school leaders we graduate are well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century."

"Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs," said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. "But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students."

For more information, contact Nicole E. Smith, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or e-mail smithne@winthrop.edu.

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