Murray ranks first in state The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its 2014 Teacher Prep Review, with a much expanded and more comprehensive evaluation of 1,612 teacher preparation programs across the United States, and for the first time, a numeric ranking of programs. Murray State University and the University of Kentucky earned national “Top Ranked” status — a distinction awarded to only 107 programs in the nation for overall strong performance.

Among the 37 Kentucky programs that were fully evaluated, 10 elementary and 10 secondary programs were strong enough to receive a national ranking.

NCTQ fully evaluated 37 undergraduate and graduate programs housed in 16 Kentucky institutions. In addition to elementary and secondary programs, NCTQ examined six special education programs in the state.

The Teacher Prep Review Results for Kentucky follow. Programs earning “Top Ranked” status are in bold.

Highest ranked secondary programs (national rank):

  • University of Kentucky – Undergraduate (32)
  • Murray State University – Undergraduate (57)
  • Alice Lloyd College – Undergraduate (103)
  • University of Kentucky – Graduate (157)
  • University of Louisville – Undergraduate (187)


Highest ranked elementary programs (national rank):

  • Murray State University – Undergraduate (47)
  • Western Kentucky University – Undergraduate (155)
  • University of Kentucky – Undergraduate (165)
  • Northern Kentucky University – Undergraduate (188)
  • University of Louisville – Undergraduate (212)

NCTQ’s review of teacher preparation programs focuses on the knowledge, skills and academic attributes new teachers need to be classroom-ready when they graduate. Drawing from a set of 18 standards, NCTQ applies the relevant standards to elementary, secondary or special education programs.

The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization in Washington, D.C., committed to restructuring the teaching profession. The full 2014 Teacher Prep Review report is available on NCTQ’s website.

Note: NCTQ information provided by Christine Statz in Washington, D.C.


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