The EBI Undergraduate Teacher Education Exit Assessments measure program effectiveness from the student’s perspective. The results illuminate which learning outcomes and key dimensions of the program are the strongest and which areas need to be improved. The knowledge gained from these assessments drives and sustains continuous improvement programs and supports accreditation efforts.
In 2010-11, the EBI Teacher Education Assessment was completed by 3,756 undergraduate students. This note explores immediate employment outcomes for those undergraduate respondents.
Among respondents who were planning to be employed following graduation, approximately 15% had been offered a position, 16% had interviewed, but not received an offer, and an additional 69% had not yet interviewed. A number of factors were found to be associated with employment status. Students with high entering test scores and high undergraduate GPAs were significantly more likely than other students to have an employment offer. The number of study hours per week was not related to receiving an employment offer, but work hours were related. Students who reported being satisfied with the assistance they received in preparation for job search were more likely to have an employment offer. Finally, students who were less satisfied with their teacher education program were slightly more likely to have an employment offer.
A number of factors are related to whether a student has an employment offer. Students with higher incoming SAT/ACT scores and cumulative undergraduate GPAs are more likely to have employment offers. Similarly, work hours are also related to employment offers, but study hours are not. Only students who work 40 or more hours per week were more likely to report having a job offer. Satisfaction with academic advising is not related to job offers; however, satisfaction with assistance for preparation for permanent job search is related. Surprisingly, students who were less satisfied with their teacher education program overall were more likely to report having an employment offer than those who were satisfied.
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