Academics // March 3, 2021

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization, has named Freed-Hardeman University’s graduate elementary teacher preparation program among the top in the country for strong training in classroom management strategies.

NCTQ’s 2020 Teacher Prep Review: Clinical Practice and Classroom Management found encouraging progress in teacher preparation programs’ adoption of evidence-based classroom management strategies that are universally effective, regardless of student age or the subject being taught. Freed-Hardeman University’s graduate program is among only 14% of elementary programs to earn an A. The program serves as a model of excellence for others, according to NCTQ.

“We are proud of Freed-Hardeman University’s teacher education program,” FHU President David R. Shannon said. “This is one of our most popular majors. We are well aware of the contributions our graduates make to the lives of their students and to the betterment of their communities.”

FHU’s teacher education program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1981 and was granted accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in May 2020. In addition to CAEP accreditation, the Tennessee State Board of Education approves all programs in FHU’s College of Education.