July 18, 2013
Elementary Education graduates boast 100% pass rate for Praxis II for third consecutive year

Lees-McRae is proud to announce that graduates from the Elementary Education program boasted a 100% pass rate on Praxis II, a requirement to become licensed as a public school teacher in North Carolina. This is the third consecutive year the division has experienced such success.

The Lees-McRae College Teacher Education Program, which is designed to provide teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for successful employment as schoolteachers in 21st Century classrooms, is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

“Student teachers from Lees-McRae College are prepared for education in the 21st century,” said Kimberly Simmons, North Carolina Educator Evaluation Consultant, NCDPI. “I am so impressed with Lees-McRae’s program. They are leading educator preparation with innovative strategies and a strong commitment to pushing forward in a time of educational change.”

The Teacher Education program has achieved the high standards required to maintain accreditation by both TEAC and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Lees-McRae’s program is one of four in the state of North Carolina that has chosen to participate in NC FALCON, North Carolina’s Formative Assessment Learning Community’s Online Network. This program supports the implementation of formative assessment in North Carolina classrooms and professional learning community where challenges and successes can be shared with expectations of positive collaboration.

Serving as the lead pilot university to embed this training in their education program, Lees-McRae students not only participate in the professional development series, but are trained in using specific strategies to determine student performance in their classroom, create unit curriculum plans that embed these strategies, and prepare to implement their plans during their student teaching.

For more information about elementary education at Lees-McRae, please contact Robin Buchanan, chair of the Division of Education, at or 828.898.8747.

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