Regent University Named as One of the Nation’s  Top Teacher Preparation Programs

Regent University Named as One of the Nation’s Top Teacher Preparation Programs

 Regent University Named as One of the Nation’s
Top Teacher Preparation Programs

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (November 4, 2020) – Regent University’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program has been named among the top in the country by the ​National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)​. Regent is one of only three universities in Virginia to receive an A rating for classroom management instruction.

“Regent University provides high-quality academics, rigorous scholarship, and award-winning programs that prepare students to serve as superb and credentialed professionals in their careers,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Regent University. “This award is a testament to the excellence and high caliber of our education program in preparing one of our nation’s most important resources – our teachers.”

Regent University’s undergraduate program is among only 14% of elementary programs that earned an A rating, and serves as a model of excellence for other institutions. These top-performing programs are recognized for requiring their aspiring elementary teachers to demonstrate their ability to implement all of the following classroom strategies during student teaching, residency, or equivalent practice:

  1. Establishing rules and routines​;
  2. Maximizing learning time​;
  3. Reinforcing positive behavior;
  4. Redirecting off-task behavior​, and;
  5. Addressing misbehavior​ with appropriate responses.

“In Regent University’s teacher preparation program, we believe teachers have a responsibility to help students achieve their full purpose as whole individuals created in the image of God,” said Dr. Cheryl Gould, Teacher Education department chair. “Our students understand that children learn best in a well-managed environment where the teacher sets high expectations for behavior and models caring, respectful behavior toward the students.”

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped much of what happens in schools, including classroom management training for aspiring teachers. Regent University’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program stands out, along with the university’s popular Great Talks® webinars, as strategic educational initiatives to help students, teachers, and schools to flourish amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“As any teacher can attest, engaging classes alone are seldom enough,” observed NCTQ President Kate Walsh. “We are heartened by the growing acknowledgment of the many benefits of building new teachers’ skills in these key strategies.”

NCTQ congratulated Regent for its steadfast commitment to excellence, innovation, and integrity in teacher preparation, and for earning an exemplary A rating in classroom management instruction. To read the full NCTQ summary of findings, visit


Founded in 1978, Regent University has more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.