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Aurora University’s elementary education program named to National Council for Teacher Quality Honor Roll

Posted by on June 26, 2013

The National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its 2013 Teacher Prep Review, listing Aurora University as one of seven Illinois universities on the Honor Roll. AU was the only private Illinois college honored, with its undergraduate elementary education program earning three out of the four possible stars.

The report evaluates more than 1,100 colleges and universities nationally that prepare elementary and secondary teachers. Among the programs that were reviewed, NCTQ identified 105 stand-out programs that earned three or more stars, including 21 elementary programs and 84 secondary programs. These top programs are recognized for combining an eye for the talent teachers need, strong content knowledge preparation and well-structured opportunities to practice the craft of teaching.

The AU elementary education program is designed around the concept of achieving excellence in teaching and learning through professional education communities. AU is continuously redesigning the program based on the demands of today and to anticipate the needs of tomorrow. And wants teacher candidates to have the ability to create an environment that supports every child’s growth, and create opportunities that meet the diverse cultural, developmental and language needs of students.

In addition to the elementary education program, Aurora University offers a supplemental major in secondary education which leads to certification as a teacher in grades 6-12 in biology, English, mathematics or social studies, as well as with a variety of education endorsement, graduate and doctoral programs.

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Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating more than 4,800 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus in Aurora, Ill., AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wis., and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Ill. Learn more at

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