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Teacher Preparation National Rankings

For the second year, the Teacher Prep Review published by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has ranked the elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs at the University of Memphis among the best in the nation.

The U of M was ranked 27th for its undergraduate elementary program and 28th for the graduate secondary program. The Review evaluated more than 800 elementary teacher programs and more than 800 secondary teacher education programs nationally. These rankings place the University of Memphis teacher preparation program among the top 3.5% in the country.  In terms of national rankings, the teacher preparation program has demonstrated the most significant performance of any academic program at the university.  These rankings demonstrate our strong institutional commitment to high-quality teacher training.

Within Tennessee, the University of Memphis elementary program was rated second and the secondary program fifth. In the Southern region, the U of M was ranked 11th among elementary programs and seventh among secondary programs.

Teacher education is essential to the success of Memphis and our nation. We can take great pride in being recognized as a national leader and innovator in an area that touches so many lives. I am grateful for the expertise, talent and hard work of our faculty.  Please join me in congratulating them on this remarkable accomplishment.

M. David Rudd, President


The NCTQ takes an in-depth look at admissions standards, course requirements, course syllabi, textbooks, capstone projects, student teaching manuals and graduate surveys, among other sources, as blueprints for training teachers. It applies specific and measurable standards that identify the teacher preparation programs most likely to get the best outcomes for their students. To develop these standards, the NCTQ consulted with international and domestic experts on teacher education, faculty and deans from schools of education, statistical experts and PK-12 leaders. The report is online at

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