August 19, 2011, Coppin State University’s School of Education creates center to fast track the demand for qualified teachers. The Teacher Education Advisement & Retention Center, (TEAR-C) is a new initiative to enhance Coppin’s School of Education Teacher Preparation Programs.

TEAR-C will house highly-trained academic advisors who are classroom practitioners in K-12 and higher education, experts in curriculum development, and comprehensive researchers of measurable and effective retention models for undergraduate students. Additionally, this initiative will increase enrollment and retention rates of pre-service teachers. TEAR-C has also developed a Praxis Preparatory Model called PTP, which means practice, taken, and pass, to improve student success rates in passing examinations for teacher certification.

“We have the secret anecdote to produce more highly qualified and accomplished teachers, and it is called TEAR-C.” said newly appointed director Professor Ray, who is a third-year doctoral student of Higher Education Leadership and Curriculum Development at Nova Southeastern University.

Coppin was developed in 1900 as a Teachers College by Fannie Jackson Coppin. Now, the School of Education under Ray’s leadership plans to rebuild Fanny’s vision and reclaim the legacy by intrinsically and effectively preparing pre-service teachers. Beginning in the student’s freshman year, TEAR-C will align pre-service teachers toward complying with national accrediting body’s expectations of realistic clinical practices. Thus, TEAR-C will build a rigorous preparation program for teachers utilizing the assistance of Coppin’s Alumni teachers and exemplary instructional leaders. Both are highly fortified with experience to improve quality high-access instruction.

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