Annual Reporting Measures for CAEP Standards
Howard University School of Education (HUSOE) is a CAEP-accredited Educator Preparation Provider committed to championing the needs of underserved students from preschool through college completion. We have a long history of producing highly qualified teachers, reflective practitioners, effective administrators, and engaged researchers who influence policies and practices relevant to teaching and learning. Significant features of our academic programming include an opportunity to travel abroad for global education experiences, engagement with our Urban Superintendents Academy, and the Ph.D. program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies.
The following list shows our degree offerings by department. Programs leading to licensure by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are denoted with an asterisk. Programs approved for accreditation in the CAEP 2017 visit are in bold. The next CAEP Site Review will be held in Spring 2024.
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
- B.S. Elementary Education*
- B.S. Secondary Education minors (English*, Mathematics*, Physics, Social Studies*, French, Spanish, Theater Arts, Music - Instrumental & Vocal)
- M.Ed. Elementary Education*
- M.Ed. Secondary Education (English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, French, Spanish, Theater Arts, Music - Instrumental & Vocal)
- M.Ed. Special Education
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
- M.Ed. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies*
- Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
- Ph.D. Higher Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Department of Human Development & Psychoeducational Studies
- B.S. Human Development
- M.Ed. School Psychology*
- Ph.D. Counseling Psychology (fully accredited by APA)
- Ph.D. Educational Psychology
- Ph.D School Psychology
HUSOE RATES & TRENDS
U.S. News and World Report Ranking
As demonstrated by the latest U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) ranking among the best graduate schools of education, we are continuously moving forward to become a premier leader in educator preparation. HUSOE has been ranked among the top 100 graduate schools of education for the last three years.
The following enrollment data represent initial licensure and advanced level cohorts for the last five academic years. Overall HUSOE enrollment increased for a third consecutive year. The Fall 2021 enrollment target was 373 students.
Teacher education data show that enrollment at the undergraduate level in Elementary Education is consistently increasing. Enrollment at the graduate level more than doubled in Fall 2020 due to the new Teacher Residency Program (TRP). The overall target enrollment for Elementary Education programs was just three students short of the enrollment target.
Retention rates are aggregated by HUSOE department. The rates indicate the percentage of first time in college (FTIC) or first year in graduate school (FTG) students enrolled in the previous academic year that continued with HUSOE one year later. Overall, retention rates dropped in Fall 2021. A deeper look into whether students transferred to other degree programs showed students that did not re-enroll in HUSOE programs also did not return to Howard University.
Graduation rates represent the percentage of first time, first year students who completed their initial licensure or advanced level program within the specified timeframe. Graduates of initial licensure programs have consistently been able to complete their programs on time for the last three academic years.
CAEP ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES
Measure 1 - Completer Impact and Effectiveness
IMPACT is the effectiveness assessment system used to evaluate school-based personnel in DC Public Schools (DCPS). The components of the assessment for teachers are essential instructional practices, individual value-added student achievement data, teacher-assessed student achievement data, student survey of practice, commitment to the school community, and core professionalism. The scale of performance ranges from ineffective to highly effective. Effectiveness definitions are as follows.
- Ineffective - Little or no knowledge and minimal implementation of teaching standards. Does not meet minimal teaching standards and needs substantial improvement. Students are not meeting either behavioral or academic expectations. (IMPACT score range: 100-199.9)
- Minimally Effective - Evidence of mediocre performance; fundamental knowledge and implementation of teaching standards is uneven. Integration of teaching standards is inconsistent. (IMPACT score range: 200.0-249.9)
- Developing - Evidence of developing performance; fundamental knowledge and implementation of teaching standards is rudimentary. Teacher is making progress towards proficiency with mixed student actions and results. (IMPACT score range: 250.0-299.9)
- Effective - Evidence of solid performance; strong knowledge, implementation, and integration of teaching standards; clear evidence of proficiency and skill in the component/criterion as measured by satisfactory student actions and results. (IMPACT score range: 300.0-349.9)
- Highly Effective - Evidence of exceptional performance; outstanding knowledge, implementation, and integration of teaching standards along with evidence of leadership initiative and willingness to model and/or serve as a mentor for colleagues as measured by both exemplary teacher and student actions. (IMPACT score range: 350.0-400)
Other local education agencies (LEAs) in DC (such as public charter school networks) have the autonomy to define “effective teaching” under their own teacher evaluation framework.
OSSE provides EPPs participating in the DC Staffing Data Collaborative with a report highlighting their impact on the DC Public and Public Charter School Systems. The HUSOE produced more completers with strong knowledge and performance than the city average for the last two evaluation cycles. Evaluations were not done on 2020-2021 performance due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The table below shows the percentage of program completers employed as first-year teachers in DC LEAs who earned ratings of effective or highly effective. Only one HUSOE completer was rated as less than effective.
HUSOE operates a 3-year grant funded program, called the Howard University Teacher Residency Program (HUTRP), in partnership with the United States Department of Education and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). The program is in its third year of training and provides participants with a master’s in education degree (M.Ed.) that is 36 credit hours in length. Additionally, students who are selected for the program are required to spend a full academic year in a classroom with a cooperating mentor teacher from partner schools within the DCPS system. Participants receive professional development training in computational thinking, social-emotional learning for both teachers and students, and robust instruction in classroom and behavior management that focuses on strength-based strategies for all children, but especially those in urban schools who come from under-resourced neighborhoods.
Three cohorts have been admitted to HUTRP. The first cohort of six students (n=6) began its first year of teaching in DCPS at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. The first year of teaching for cohort 2 (n=5) began at the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year. Cohort 3 (n=6) will commence its teaching obligation in the 2023-24 school year.
In spring 2023, students from all three cohorts were invited to participate in a one-hour virtual focus group facilitated by the HUSOE Senior Associate Dean and the HUSOE Director of Assessment. Nine of the seventeen students (53%) consented to be part of the focus group. Most of the focus group identified as female (6 of 9, 67%). Each cohort had representation with the most representation coming from current residents in the program (6 of 9, 67%). The results noted in this report reflect completer and candidate responses.
Focus group results:
How did the program prepare you to work with students with diverse racial, cultural, or social economic backgrounds? Participants overwhelmingly indicated the program gave them “lots of tips” on teaching in an inclusive and diverse setting. They felt well-prepared for teaching and working with students from diverse backgrounds. Three courses were cited as being outstanding in presenting the impact of socioeconomics on educating K-12 students – Educational Psychology: Learning and Development, the Survey of Exceptional Populations, and Diversity in American Education. Students talked about learning the following competencies:
- how to work with students identified as English learners;
- how to work with exceptional populations;
- how to assess effective student learning; and
- how to use assessment results to adjust rigor or differentiate as needed
Overall, completers felt they were given best practices that helped them become more effective teachers and provided strategies to help them understand why students behave the way they do.
Were there any gaps in the technology preparation that you experienced in the classroom versus what you experienced at Howard? Many commented that the use of technology played a major role in their residency during COVID-19 when everything was delivered in a virtual format. Although most had a positive experience with technology as result of attending classes at HUSOE, it was noted that they did not get the exposure to interactive technology when in-person instruction resumed. They felt more could be done to expose them to different types of technologies used in the classroom. Many mentioned they would have liked to know more about technology used for gamification.
How was your student teaching experience? Most participants agreed they were well-prepared for student teaching, especially to teach diverse students. Some mentioned they had a slight struggle with classroom management but found ways to adjust.
What are the things about the program that you really liked and that really prepared you for your profession? All (100%) our completers mentioned they liked the professors that teach in the TRP. Overall, they felt that their program really prepared them for the profession. They also expressed appreciations for attending the program.
What improvements would you suggest for HUSOE? One completer suggested the faculty in HUSOE need training in working with college and graduate students who might have special needs so they can become more sensitive to diverse student populations. They also suggested incorporating more technology in their program and putting more emphasis on developing lesson plans.
Summary of planned improvement:
The TRP focus group feedback informed the following plans for improvement in the HUSOE initial licensure programs. Several redesigned courses will be taught in summer 2023 with greater emphasis on use of technology and designing better lesson plans.
Continued data collection:
In summer 2023, TRP completers from Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 will be the participants in a pilot project developed by the HUSOE to track the efficacy of their teaching and their impact on P-12 student learning outcomes. Cohort 3 completers will be assessed for their impact and effectiveness in summer 2024. The following methods will be used to collect appropriate data for the pilot project:
- Focused interviews with the teacher and principal using a series of questions that relate to student performance on standardized testing measures but also the impact of teaching on social emotional development and the use of computational thinking.
- Structured observation of the teacher in the classroom using instructional items informed by edTPATM preparation guidance and the HUSOE student internship rubric.
- Available data on student achievement (such as state assessment scores, student learning objective outcomes, competency-based report cards, or other school and classroom-based assessments).
HUSOE has also contacted the DCPS Office of Leadership Development to assist us with us any impact data they can provide on HUSOE TRP completers. To collect data from completers who were not hired by DCPS and may be working in other school districts, we are revising the alumni satisfaction survey to include quantitative perception data on both teaching performance and program preparation. Analysis from the focus group was not available by the release of this report. It is anticipated that sufficient focus group and pilot data analysis will be available by the 2024 CAEP Annual Report.
Measure 2 - Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement
HUSOE is ranked among the top 100 Graduate Schools of Education by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR). One factor in the ranking is the educational professionals assessment score. The USNWR employer survey was sent to 10 school superintendents, school principals, and professionals who hire HUSOE graduates. These employers were asked to rate their satisfaction with HUSOE graduates on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Employers have been increasingly satisfied with HUSOE graduates over the last five years.
Our Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC) is comprised of members representing the local school districts in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. We are working with TEAC to co- construct and revise employer and completer satisfaction surveys. We are also seeking their assistance to identify impact data for completers who are educators, educational administrators, and school psychologists representing the HU School of Education. Collaboration through the TEAC has also led to joint professional development and other learning opportunities for HUSOE teacher candidates, as well as educators within these districts. HUSOE and TEAC partners continue to learn from each other as they work to address issues impacting teaching and learning in all districts.
Measure 3 - Candidate Competency at Program Completion
Teacher Candidate Assessment
All candidates (undergraduate and graduate) receiving training in teacher education must complete a 12-week, full-time, intensive internship near the end of their academic program of study. The 12-week internship in elementary education provides a placement for teacher candidates to demonstrate many competencies covering the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) standards, including content area knowledge, effective instruction, and collaboration with families and colleagues. Candidates are formally assessed twice during the internship, once by the University Supervisor and once by the Cooperating Teacher. Evaluation ratings are 5-Excellent, 4-Good, 3-Fair, 2-Needs Improvement, and 1-Unacceptable. The target benchmark for the HUSOE program is that at least 80% of teacher candidates receive a mean evaluation rating of 4 or higher.
The overall mean evaluation ratings have been on an increasing trend for the last three academic years. The mean evaluation ratings for AY 2020-21 and AY 2021-22 teacher candidates exceeded 4.0 in every category. All sixteen AY 2021-22 teacher candidates (100%) received an overall rating of 4.0 or higher. The strongest skills were demonstrated in the following areas:
- Communication to foster collaboration (mean=5.00)
- Development of critical thinking and problem solving (mean=4.91)
- Assessment and instruction (mean=4.91)
- Active engagement in learning (mean=4.88)
- Content knowledge in science (mean=4.87)
Teacher Candidate Licensing Rates
Candidates are required to pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis Core, and Praxis II Content Knowledge tests to graduate and receive initial licensure in the District of Columbia. Candidates who do not meet the state cutoff score for Praxis Core are not admitted into the HUSOE program. The pass rate for candidates taking Praxis II Content exams increased from 58% to 100% over the last three years.
Measure 4 - Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared
Twenty-nine (29) completers responded to the HUSOE Annual Alumni survey. When asked to describe the environment where they are currently employed or provide contracted services, most (N=12; 41%) report working in a P-12 school setting. The second largest group (N=6; 21%) report working at a not-for-profit business or organization. The others report working at a four- year college or university (N=4; 14%); for the county, state or federal government (N=4; 14%); at a for-profit business or organization (N=2; 7%), and at a technical or two-year college (N=1; 3%).
When asked whether their current positions related to their HUSOE degree, 72% (N=21) report they are working in the field for which they prepared.
When asked about their current salary range, most respondents (N=22; 76%) report their current salaries are $70,000 or higher.
Eighty-three percent (83%; N=24) of the respondents have remained engaged with HUSOE. The most prevalent method of engagement was through volunteer service at an HUSOE event.
There are gaps in diversity between the student population and HUSOE completers employed in DC public schools. Consequently, our recruitment efforts for academic year 2023-24 are more intentionally focused to fill the need for Hispanic/Latino teachers.
Other Data & Information
- 3326 Freshman students
- 99% of freshmen are from outside the DC area
- 98% of freshman live on campus
- Fall 2022 Incoming Freshman Average ACT Score: 23
- Fall 2022 Incoming Freshman Average Composite SAT Score: 1165
- Fall 2022 Incoming Freshman Average GPA: 3.66 on a 4.0 scale
4-Year Private Non-Profit Institution
- Campus setting: Large city
- School size: 89 buildings on 257 acres (149 acres in Washington DC and 108 in Maryland)
- Student population: 8964 undergraduate students; 3101 graduate students
- 75:25 Female to male ratio
- Diversity: Students from more than 100 countries
The top three international representation includes Nigeria, Jamaica, and Saudi Arabia. The university is pleased with our international student interest and believes it adds to a rich diverse college experience.
Primary Job Placement Locations
- District of Columbia
- Howard County, MD
- Montgomery County, MD
- Prince George's County, MD
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