University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently received a top ranking for its teacher education program, the University announced in a press release.
The ranking from The College Database, "Top Colleges in North Dakota: Shaping the Next Generation," evaluated universities based on the number of education graduates from the 2012 academic year.
According to University of Mary:
Doug Jones, founder of The College Database, headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., said that while many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs, the ranking wants to identify those that make the largest impact on students.
"In addition to a focus on academic integrity and changing needs in education," said Brenda Werner, chair of U-Mary's Department of Education, "schools on the ‘Top Colleges in North Dakota' list offer excellent instructors. "Students are involved in research that could impact teaching throughout the nation, and are offered different concentrations depending on their interests," Werner said. Werner also noted that students are exposed to schools through internships and are shown diverse teaching methods, all of which make a significant difference when starting a career in teaching.
The list considers each school's ranking, faculty, facilities and innovative programs, Werner said, and Mary is the top private school in the state.
University of Mary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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