Report says master's degree has significant impact on teaching

For people who want to enter the teaching profession, enrolling at a Christian college can be the first step. However, aspiring educators may want to continue their studies at the graduate level in order to be as effective as possible, according to the results of a new report.

A research study conducted by The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University indicates that students whose teachers possessed a master’s degree in education fared better on literacy and math tests than schoolchildren whose educators did not. The report assessed the test scores of more than 205,000 students taught by 4,000 teachers from 2004 to 2010.

“Walden believes that measuring the effect that teachers have on student achievement is critical to judging the quality of master’s degree programs,” Kate Steffens, dean of the Riley College of Education, said in a statement. “This new research confirms that programs focused on specific instructional strategies are related to teacher effectiveness and student success.”

Individuals enrolling at Christian universities with the goal of becoming teachers may be interested in the findings of a research project undertaken by experts at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). According to the HGSE website, the Measures of Effective Teaching initiative evaluated more than 3,000 teachers across seven urban districts around the country to determine what makes teachers effective.

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