Press Release: NCTQ rates FDU among top two schools in New Jersey for elementary teacher preparation programs

Madison, N.J. (Feb. 5, 2020) – Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Peter Sammartino School of Education has earned an A grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) for its graduate Early Literacy Program(s). The NCTQ released its 2020 rankings of elementary teacher preparation programs in late January, grading undergraduate and graduate programs across the country for their quality of early reading-focused teacher preparation education.

FDU was one of only two schools of education in the state of New Jersey to earn an A grade.  All other institutions in NJ earned a C grade or lower. Nationally, FDU’s A grade ranks them among the top elementary teacher preparation programs.

The grade reflects the program’s embrace of key components to the science of early reading, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Dr. Miriam Singer, Interim Director of the School of Education, responded to the ranking and said, “We are absolutely thrilled about this. We emphasize phonics instruction and comprehension and writing strategies in all of our reading and literacy courses, and we will continue to have an outstanding program.”

To illustrate the broad scope of the School of Education’s success, Singer also cheered the program’s continued national accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and its 100 percent pass rate on Title 2 HEOA reporting for teacher licensure exams. The School of Education is inaugurating a new chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, which is the National Education Honors Society. There are approximately 173 graduate and undergraduate teacher candidates eligible to be inducted (about 40 percent of the program’s student body).

Singer applauded the students’ self-expressed passion for teaching, citing strong exit-surveys from the program’s graduates, “They have a passion for working with school-age children. They feel that they are well-prepared to go into the schools and to assume the roles of head teachers by the time they are finished with our program.”

See the full list of NCTQ rankings and learn more about their grading system on their website.

To learn more about the Peter Sammartino School of Education, visit its website or contact Dr. Miriam Singer at

About Fairleigh Dickinson University: Devoted to the preparation of world citizens, Fairleigh Dickinson University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology, school psychology, and higher education; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two international campuses: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada. For more information, visit

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