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Capella University


The purpose of this study was to determine if race is a factor in determining the retention rates of elementary Education students at Liberty University. The data for this study was retrieved from the Teacher Licensure Office at Liberty University. Fifty students were randomly selected from and a descriptive research methodology was used. The data analysis was obtained from a cross tabulation of the key variables for this study: race/ethnicity, gender, grades, and completion in the Teacher Licensure Program. A chi-square test was used in the analysis, and based on the results of this test there was a positive relationship between a student’s race, completion rates in the Introductory Elementary Education courses, and continuation in the Teacher Licensure Program.