All professional education programs, bachelor’s level and graduate level licensure programs, at Gardner-Webb University are state approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE)
North Carolina gives institutions two paths to licensure for their candidates: PPAT and edTPA. These are instruments aligned with the NC Candidate Teaching Standards. Gardner-Webb University uses edTPA. Data regarding these observations is found below, and is separated by program:
*edTPA tasks that are not required for licensure for a program
For the 2019 – 2020 academic year, 100% of the initial licensure candidate passed the edTPA requirements. Furthermore, edTPA has two levels of passing: proficient and highly qualified. This is determined by the candidates’ overall score. During this year, nine (9) of the candidates received a highly qualified score.
The automatically-generated IHE performance report shows that our Initial Licensure graduates are performing at or above expected levels in NC public schools and impacting P-12 students. Evaluation data for beginning teachers (teachers in their first three years of employment) employed by a North Carolina School during the 18-19 school year. The State NCPTS 5 standards support the preparedness of the GWUSOE graduates. Our internal data mirrors the state average on the NCPTS. This alignment lets us know that our preparation experiences do provide our candidates with the dispositions and skills needed for success in the field. The informal feedback received from clinical educators and administrators, as well as findings regarding teacher candidate performance in the classroom and school community, are used to improve our delivery, improve candidate measures and strengthen our program.