• Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award

    The Christa McAuliffe Award has long honored exemplary teacher education programs at public colleges and universities that belong to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) that can document the success of their graduates in improving P-12 pupil learning outcomes. 

    However, in response to ongoing developments in state data systems which might potentially advantage programs in data-rich states, the award now focuses on how programs have been adapted using evidence of P-12 impact. (Note: evidence of P-12 impact may include, but is not limited to, state data—when and where this is available.) Furthermore, whereas the award historically focused on pre-service preparation, the criteria have been expanded to include professional development programs. 

    To win this award, teacher education and professional development programs must not only demonstrate effectiveness in producing P-12 learning outcomes; award winners must also demonstrate and explain how they have redesigned their programs as a result of these P-12 learning outcomes.

    The purpose of the criteria is to ensure that states that have rich data systems do not provide an unfair competitive advantage for their institutions, and that strategies and programs recognized by the award have the broadest possible application.

    Twenty five programs have been honored with this award since 2002.

    Review and Selection Process

    A first screening of all applications will be conducted by the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU). A committee of AASCU presidents and chancellors will subsequently review all applications and, if necessary, invite selected campuses to submit a second round of applications.

    The award will be presented at the AASCU Annual Meeting in October. A follow-up presentation will also be made at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in March 2017.

    Applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.

    Award recipients will be notified in mid-to-late June.

    Jolanda M. Westerhof, Ph.D.
    Associate Vice President  
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    1307 New York Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Phone (202) 478-4649



    • 2014
      California State University, Fresno
    • 2014
      Hunter College (CUNY)
    • 2013
      Valdosta State University (Ga.)
    • 2011
      Black Hills State University, S.D.
    • 2010
      Western Oregon University
    • 2009
      University of Houston – Clear Lake
    • 2008
      Towson University, Md.
    • 2008
      Western Kentucky University
    • 2007
      St. Cloud State University, Minn.
    • 2007
      University of Northern Colorado
    • 2007
      Western Carolina University, N.C.
    • 2006
      Northwest Missouri State University
    • 2006
      University of North Carolina – Wilmington
    • 2005
      Ball State University, Indiana
    • 2005
      Old Dominion University, Va
    • 2004
      Longwood University, Va,
    • 2004
      University of Central Florida
    • 2004
      Valdosta State University, Ga.
    • 2003
      Central Michigan University
    • 2003
      San Diego State University
    • 2003
      University of Nebraska – Omaha
    • 2003
      University of Toledo/Bowling Green State University, Ohio (joint)
    • 2002
      East Carolina University
    • 2002
      Indiana State University
    • 2002
      University of Maryland Baltimore County