ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina L. Peyton, Ed.D.

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina L. Peyton, Ed.D.

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide insight on improvement methods to a college for its teacher education program. Initially, a critical analysis was performed using the strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats method and outlining 40 different internal and external factors. Ultimately, results illustrated that low pass rates on state certification and licensure examinations could have negative implications on the success of student teachers within their first 5 years of teaching. Identifying specific areas of weakness in the teacher preparation process is critical for the college’s ability to improve student pass rates and predict long-term professional success. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive review of the teacher education program, four possible solutions were proposed: (a) conducting surveys, (b) self-evaluation through course content, (c) selective recruitment and admissions, and (d) expanded in-field observations.

In an effort to establish a long-term and cost-effective option, the selected solution is to conduct surveys to determine gaps in program effectiveness. Through the distribution of a broad survey, to current and former program constituents, it is suggested that survey results be utilized to establish a data base in which to track and monitor trends and issues across varying categories throughout the college. An action plan was presented illustrating the implementation of the surveys and a departmental collaboration with the university’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The outsourcing of the survey distribution will alleviate added workload stressors for staff, reduce survey biases, and provide a structured approach to collecting the necessary data. Survey results can be utilized to develop the necessary college-wide program improvement initiatives leading to increased pass rates on the teacher state certification examinations.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education