Early education grads achieve 100% placement rate

Posted November 05, 2013

 Less than six months after they graduated from ACU, all the 2013 graduates who earned degrees in early childhood and elementary education have secured jobs in their fields. A total of 47 students graduated with these degrees in ACU's May and August 2013 Commencement ceremonies. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent in the U.S. by the year 2020. 

However, employment growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers depends on the state and local government budgets. The field is competitive, but many ACU graduates landed jobs before or soon after graduation. The Teacher Education faculty and staff celebrate every e-mail and phone call from graduates who are passionate about their new jobs. Teacher Education chair and professor Dr. Dana Pemberton is thrilled about the graduates' 100 percent job placement. 

"Our teacher candidates are in high demand," she says. "Principals know that our grads are well prepared and that they are people of integrity."

The 2013 May and August early childhood and elementary education grads have a range of teaching jobs: from Jennifer Baran's position teaching kindergarten at Gateway College Prep School in Round Rock to Ashlin (McGahey) Bowman's position teaching first grade at Taylor Elementary School in Abilene to Kendyl McEachran's position teaching third grade at Hope Christian Elementary in Albuqurque, N.M.

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