Molloy College Recognized Among Top U.S. Colleges For Academic Selectivity of Teacher Preparation Program

Rockville Centre, NY - Molloy College's undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program has been named among the top in the country for maintaining selective academic admissions requirements by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization.

Molloy College's program is among only 28% of the 1,276 NCTQ evaluated across the country and among 50 programs in New York to earn the highest distinction for selective admissions requirements in a new NCTQ report, Teacher Prep Review: Program Diversity and Admissions (2021) .  

"This recognition from NCTQ confirms that Molloy is one of the best programs in the country for developing teachers," said Dr. Joanne O'Brien, Dean of the College's School of Education and Human Services.  "Our rigorous acceptance standards are just one of the many reasons that so many students come to Molloy to pursue their dream of becoming a teacher."

While academic aptitude is not the only quality of a successful teacher, it is a critical factor. Sixty years of research and evidence from nations whose students academically outperform students in the United States have proven that there is strong correlation between the academic aptitude of a teacher and student achievement.

"More rigorous admissions standards for aspiring teachers pays off, delivering the caliber of teachers every student deserves," said NCTQ President Kate Walsh . "We applaud programs like Molloy College that are doing the important work of preparing a world-class teacher workforce that our students deserve."

Because no single indicator of academic aptitude is failsafe, the methodology employed by NCTQ to determine if programs set adequate admissions standards gives programs multiple paths to meet the bar,including applicants' SAT/ACT performance, audition requirements, minimum GPA for each applicant, or average GPA for each cohort of new teacher candidates. Explore the findings and data for Molloy College