The Catholic University of America

Title II - Teacher Education

Higher Education Act -  Title II Report

Best Practices:

  • Small classes taught by highly qualified, dedicated, full-time faculty - 100% hold doctorate and professional degrees.
  • Fieldwork is carefully aligned to coursework with practical applications of theory to practice throughout each program of studies culminating in student teaching with over 400 hours of teaching.
  • Candidates complete two professional semesters before student teaching under the mentorship of cooperating teachers in the real world of teaching.
  • Secondary Education majors have a joint major in their respective discipline and education and receive field supervision from both content and education professors.
  • The student/faculty ratio for supervised practice teaching is 1.3/1.
  • CUA's Reflective Conceptual Framework, developed and refined through research and practice by faculty, is carefully aligned to program, goals, objectives and national standards and helps candidates consider the moral and ethical issues in teaching all students including those with special needs.

Notable Features:

  • CUA's Education Unit has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its successor, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), since 1975 and has state approved programs for licensure since 1989.
  • CUA has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1921.
  • CUA is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
  • CUA's education programs are nationally recognition by CAEP and the respective Specialized Professional Associations.
  • Highly commended by NCATE for "use of a conceptual, reflective teacher education framework with an emphasis on reflection and with participation of the professional community including students, teachers, and school administrators.  The students of CUA have chosen an excellent environment to achieve success in their higher education life."
  • Highly commended by the District of Columbia (State) for "A conscious outreach to serve the community, the District of Columbia Public Schools and the schools of the Archdiocese of Washington; the level of collaboration and involvement of faculty from the liberal arts, drama, art and music who provide joint advisement and supervision of student interns; responsiveness, innovation and risk taking in projects, grants and programs."
  • The Special Education Program was developed through a federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education and received recognition as a model for the development of special educators for Catholic schools and urban schools.
  • The Early Childhood Special Education program is supported by funds from the US Department of Education; offers duel licensure in early childhood and early childhood speical education and has a particular but not exclusive emphasis on serving the Spanish-speaking community in DC.

 Title II Report Pass Rates