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Education at Aquinas College

Accreditation Accountability

Admission & Program Requirements

Students are officially admitted into the AQ School of Education teacher preparation program upon successful completion of the EN 201/501 Introduction to Education course. To register for EN 201/501, students must meet the following admission criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0

  • Passing scores on the SAT (taken March 5, 2016, or later):

Math 530
Evidence based Reading and Writing 480
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required in all major, minor, and education courses applied to meet certification requirements.  For elementary candidates, it also includes certain General Education courses that meet certification requirements.

Test Dates and Information:

Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T)

Study materials and practice tests for the SAT can be found at the following website:

SAT study practice materials

Certification Subject-Area Tests

The Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) were created to ensure that every certified teacher has the necessary skills and content knowledge to serve in Michigan schools. Candidates for certification (and added endorsements) must pass the appropriate MTTC subject area tests for the certificate/endorsement sought. This testing can be taken after all program coursework has been completed, either prior to or during the student teaching semester. Information regarding subject area tests, including practice tests and testing dates, is available at the MTTC website.

Legal Notice to All Students Regarding Criminal Convictions: 

The State of Michigan tightly regulates the legal acceptability of candidates who wish to become certified teachers. All individuals seeking teacher certification must submit truthful, written responses to the prompts below at multiple points throughout their program. The final decision regarding issuance of teacher certification credentials to candidates answering “yes” to any of the questions regarding legal background information will be determined by the Michigan Department of Education.

  1. Have you ever been convicted of, or pled no contest to, a felony?

  2. Have you ever been convicted of, or pled no contest to, a misdemeanor?

  3. Do you currently have any criminal charges pending against you?

AQ education students are obligated to report any change in their legal status at any point in the program to the School of Education. Falsification of records will result in immediate dismissal from the Aquinas College education program.


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) awarded the School of Education at Aquinas College CAEP Accreditation in Spring 2018 for its initial educator preparation programs. Aquinas College was one of 147 providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards—rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. The School of Education at Aquinas College earned the highest level of accreditation and has held TEAC/CAEP accreditation since March 2013.

Approved Program Provider

The AQ-SOE is approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to offer 20+ initial certification and endorsement program options.

MTTC Pass Rates for Title II Report

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) pass rates reflect the percentage of candidates who take and successfully pass the subject-area test for their endorsement programs. Aggregated 3-year reports provide the most reliable results profile.

Graduation and Retention

Comparing first-time freshmen (FTIAC) students who pursue education with other FTIAC students at the college, very similar retention and completion rates are evident. Of the 1,019 FTIACs who started at AQ between fall 2015 and fall 2017, 62 students entered the education program (an increase to 6% from 5% of the incoming FTIAC population in recent years). Although 10% of these FTIAC students who originally entered the education program have left the institution, 58% remain actively enrolled and on track for program completion. Four-year graduation rates for education and NON-education students are at 33% and 35%.

Read the full Annual Report (pdf)

Impact on PK-12 Learning

The AQ-SOE is currently conducting a study in collaboration with the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids (DOGR) using anonymized student test data to measure the impact that novice teachers who were prepared at AQ have on student learning.

This study looks at grade/subject level classroom average student growth (fall-to-fall) as reflected in NWEA test results, comparing classroom averages of recent AQ graduates to those of all DOGR teachers in those grades/subjects. Initial results indicate that recent AQ graduates teaching in K-8 classroom have a positive impact on student learning but that comparisons to DOGR teacher averages varies dramatically. Since the initial data set reflected a very small cohort (n=5), results cannot be considered valid or reliable. Additional data is being collected and will be available by May 2021.

Job Placement & Satisfaction

Of the 110 program completers in recent years, 59% hold positions in PK12 schools, 2% are working outside the field of education, and 39% are unknown.

95% of recent graduates are rated as either "Effective" or "Highly Effective" by their employers.

100% of recent graduates identify the rich and diverse clinical field experiences as significantly contributing to their teacher preparation.

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