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Edison State College Recognized as Top College for Teacher Education

Dec 16, 2013

Edison State College was recognized as one of the ‘Top Colleges in Florida Shaping the Next Generation’ for Teacher Education by the Online College Database. This honor recognizes post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. All colleges recognized for this honor had to meet the following criteria:

  • Fully Accredited
  • Four-year college
  • Public, Private or not-for-profit
  • U.S. College
  • Minimum of 10 graduates from education/teaching program in 2012


“We are so proud of our teacher candidates as they go through the School of Education at Edison and then graduate to teach and shape the minds of the children, who are our future leaders,” said Dr. Erin Harrel, Dean of the School of Education at Edison State College.  “We are happy to know that statistically upwards of 80% of our teacher candidates are hired within six months of their graduation.”

"Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs," said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. "But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students."

The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about education options both locally and nationally to students, parents and other interested parties. The goal is accomplished by making all information and tools on the site free and easily accessible. The College Database has become a leader in providing educational information to libraries, high schools and career centers across the country. To view the full list of college rankings, please visit

Celebrating more than 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and ranked nationally as one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Serving more than 24,000 students per year regionally, nationally, and internationally, students are also active in a wide variety of clubs and programs that cater to their interests. Nationally, Edison State is ranked 45th among associate degree producers and 26th for its prestigious associate producing Nursing program.

Last Updated: December 16, 2013

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