CAEP Academic Measures of Success

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Measure 4 - Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing and any Additional State Requirements

All EPP completers qualify for Nebraska State Certification and all 7 of our completers pursued their state certification successfully. The state of Nebraska also requires that completers take the Praxis II test in their endorsement area. All of our completers in 22-23 (n=7) successfully passed the Praxis II or designated content knowledge test during the 2022-23 school year as a requirement for graduation. In addition, our completers also complete the academic requirements for certification with the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.  Five of the seven went on to apply and receive denominational certification.

Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions

One hundred percent (100%) of the 2022-2023 completers (n=7) were hired in education positions for which they had prepared. This continues the trend of Union College’s completers being “highly sought graduates,” a goal as stated in the college mission statement. Data reveal that our completers are hired in their field of study, and they tend to stay in the field of teaching at a rate that is higher than the national average. According to research compiled by Zippia.com, an average of 44% of teachers leave the profession in the first five years. Fortunately, the EPP completers are not following this pattern. In the last six years, the EPP retention rate for those who started a career in teaching is 44 of 53 (83%). More currently, in the past three years (2020-2023), 21 of 22 completers (95%) who started jobs in education are still using their degree in a school setting. The EPP has processes in place to assist students in connecting with potential employers both locally and across the country, and those processes appear to be working effectively.      

The EPP analyzed individual cohorts over the last six years. While the EPP graduated 15 completers in the 2017-2018 cohort,  only 11 of those graduates (73%) started full-time employment in a school. Ten (10) of those 11 are still full-time employed (91%) after five years after graduating.  Fourteen of the fifteen completers (93%) are still working in a school setting as substitute teachers, dormitory deans, or school office personnel.

Most cohorts through the years have followed a similar statistical trend; however, there was a dip in the trend for the 2018-2019 cohort from three years ago.  Of the 12 completers that year, 10 started a teaching career (83%).  Unfortunately, at this time, only 5 are still full-time teaching (50%) though 7 of the 12 (58%) are still working in a school setting.  The EPP notes this data, but believes this is a one-year, atypical situation.  In contrast, data from the 2019-2020 cohort indicates that 80% of those completers are still in the classroom.

Union EPP Completers - Hired in Educational Positions

Union College EPP Completer Employment Statistics

Total number of completers

Number of completers who began full-time teaching jobs who are still teaching full-time

Percentage of completers who are using their degree in a school setting (i.e teacher, Substitute, Para, etc.)

Percentage of completers who entered teaching profession still teaching full-time in the classroom

Number of completers who still use their degree in a school setting (i.e. teacher, Substitute, Para, etc.)

Percentage of completers who still use their degree in a school setting (i.e. teacher, Substitute, Para, etc.)

Three Year Stat Summary (2021-2023)

23*

22

21

95%

21

95%

Five Year Stat Summary (2019-2023)

62*

53

44

83%

50

82%

*NOTE:  One completer died during the summer of 2021 before entering the workforce. Completer employment data has been modified to reflect this reality.