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August 27 2012

Miller College’s Teacher Education Program Receives Exemplary Rating

The State Board of Education reviewed 2010-2011 Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores in their meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, and Miller College’s Elizabeth H. Binda School of Education received an Exemplary rating with the third highest score in the state.

This is Miller College’s second year of participating in the TPI Performance Score program. It received a Satisfactory rating for 2009-2010. Prior to 2009-2010, Miller College’s scores were included with its mentor institution, Aquinas College, which has maintained an Exemplary rating for several years.

The TPI Performance Score is based on several factors, including passing rates on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), the proportion of candidates recommended annually for certification in high needs content areas, such as special education, math and science, and surveys of student interns, their mentor teachers and principals of schools in which Miller College graduates are employed.

Miller College has maintained one of the state’s highest passing rates on the MTTC ever since it began offering teacher education courses in 2005.  Binda School of Education Dean, Dr. Sean Kottke, credits Miller College’s hands-on, practitioner-based approach to teacher education for the program’s success. “All of our faculty members have extensive experience in K-12 classrooms as teachers, principals and educational leaders. They bring over a century of combined experience and wisdom to our teacher education courses and they are committed to staying abreast of the latest trends in the field and keeping our candidates on the cutting edge. From the very first course in their program of study, our candidates are also paired with talented mentor teachers in local classrooms to develop their professional skills and dispositions in real-world settings. No other teacher education program in Michigan offers more opportunities to learn in authentic classroom settings throughout candidates’ entire program of study.”

The Miller College Binda School of Education was named after the late Elizabeth H. Binda, a great educator and philanthropist in Battle Creek.  Elizabeth and her husband Guido established the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation in 1977, which focuses on education, health education, environmental education, human services and arts and cultural programs in areas throughout southwest Michigan.

The Binda School of Education offers degree plans in Elementary Education, with programs of study leading to endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Learning Disabilities, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Reading.  For more information on the College and its offerings visit or contact Amanda or Randi in the Admissions Office at (269) 660-8021.


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