Colleges slammed over teacher preparation

Some of the largest colleges of education in Texas offer poorly designed programs that leave prospective teachers unprepared for the job, according to a new report that suggests more rigorous and meaningful coursework.

The two-year study from the National Council on Teacher Quality, a research and advocacy nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., slams eight of the largest education schools, including the University of Houston's, for seriously shortchanging aspiring teachers, particularly with inadequate math and reading instruction.

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In addition to the University of Houston, the other larger colleges slapped with the worst ratings were Lamar University, Midwestern State University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and Texas Woman's University.

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