Kent named director of the Program in Teacher Preparation/Teacher Certification

Todd Kent

The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce that Todd Kent will be the director of the Program in Teacher Preparation/Teacher Certification, effective July 17, 2017. Kent will provide leadership for the program, which has been reorganized to focus primarily on teacher certification and various outreach initiatives to local school districts.

“Teacher certification continues to be one of our enduring commitments. Our program nourishes our relationships with local and regional K-12 schools, and connects them to our ongoing success and opportunity initiatives,” said Jill Dolan, dean of the college.

Kent’s primary responsibility will be the administration of the certificate program, which provides the opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni to earn state certification for teaching.

“I am very excited to make this excellent program even better for our students. This is both an exciting and challenging time in education, and it is a privilege to help our Princeton students bring their many talents to the field of teaching,” said Kent.

Kent graduated from Princeton University in 1983 with an A.B. in economics. He joined the Program in Teacher Preparation in 1997 after a successful career at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, where he taught science at the middle and high school levels, chaired the science department, and served as high school principal. Kent earned his Ph.D. in educational evaluation at the University of Virginia.

The author of a book on the role of technology in education, Kent has also published book chapters on pedagogical knowledge and case-based teaching methods. He is a council member and commissioner for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and was the founding chair of a special interest research group for the American Educational Research Association which focuses on the area of program accountability research arising from accreditation and state review processes. Kent also serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Foundation Academy Charter School, a "No Excuses” charter school in Trenton, New Jersey.

During his twenty years with the program, Kent has served in nearly every role on the staff, most notably supervising student teachers in math, science, and social studies, as well as teaching both the Seminar on Student Learning and Methods for Teaching (TPP 301) and the Seminar on Education: Theory and Practice (TPP 401). He also helped develop the Teachers as Scholars program at Princeton, which provides the opportunity for local teachers to interact with University faculty in day-long seminars.

“Todd’s deep experience and familiarity with all aspects of Princeton’s teacher certification program will be instrumental as the program implements the new statewide requirements for teacher education programs and enters the reaccreditation cycle,” said Elizabeth Colagiuri, deputy dean of the college.

The Program in Teacher Preparation was officially established with state recognition in 1969.