University of Southern Indiana

Teacher Performance

Evidence of Teacher Candidate Performance

The State of Indiana believes that high-quality teacher candidates are nurtured by high-quality teacher education programs. This page includes evidence of teacher preparation programs at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). These data include: (a) accreditation information, (b) teacher effectiveness data, (c) teaching licensure test data, (d) licensure employment rates, (e) grade point average summaries, and (f) Title II reports.

Accreditation Information

The teacher preparation unit at USI has been accredited nationally since 1973. This accreditation covers all initial licensure programs and graduate programs in education.  National accreditation is a mark of distinction and provides recognition that educator preparation programs have met national professional standards. 

USI is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is in the process of seeking accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) – a new accrediting body from the merger of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).  CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning (

The national accreditation process includes two parts. Part 1 involves a review of individual programs.  All initial licensure programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education.  Additionally, more licensure programs are recognized by a specialty professional organization as indicated in the chart below.  Part 2 of the national accreditation process involves the review of the unit (the collection of programs).  The unit review includes a self-study and an on-site visit. USI’s onsite visit is scheduled for October 2017.


Specialty Professional Association

Early Childhood Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Elementary Education

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

English Teaching

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 

French, German, Spanish Studies Teaching

American Council on the Teaching of a Foreign Language (ACTFL)

History Teaching

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 

Special Education


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 


Visual Art Education


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)


Teacher Effectiveness Data

In the 2014-2015 academic years, 97% of teacher candidates were rated as “effective” and “highly effective” by local schools. Review our Teacher Effectiveness Data here.

Licensure Test Data

To be licensed in Indiana, teacher candidates must pass the required licensure tests. The educator licensure tests transitioned from Praxis II to Indiana CORE Assessment in 2014. USI’s overall mean pass rate from 2014 to 2017 was an 85.7%. Review our detailed Licensure Test Data here.

Licensure Employment Rate

USI Teacher Education program completers have a high employment rate in all grade levels and content areas. The overall employment rates for the academic year 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 are 64%, 77%, and 82% respectively. Review our Licensure/Employment Rates here.

Grade Point Average Summary

The Teacher Education Department requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher for admission to teacher education. Teacher candidates must maintain the 2.75 GPA for graduation. Students admitted to Teacher Education had a average 3.58 GPA in the academic years 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015. Teacher candidates graduated in 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 academic years earned a 3.54 mean GPA. Review our Completion Grade Point Averages here.

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