Friday, March 11, 2011

Review of the SOE teacher education programs by TEAC nears completion

Tags: deans updates, teacher education

On Thursday, March 3, 2011, a national committee of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) met in Philadelphia to review our submission for the accreditation of our teacher education programs. This accreditation is required by both the state and federal government, and is replacing state-level review and accreditation. The meeting was the culmination of a two-year process that included the development of claims about our programs and its graduates by faculty, the drafting of a brief with evidence to support those claims, and a visit in November 2010 by a TEAC team to audit the data in the brief, followed by an audit report and a response by us.

I am pleased to share the excellent news that the committee recommended that the SOE teacher education programs be accredited for five years, which is the maximum term that they grant accreditation. The full commission will vote on the committee’s recommendation in mid-April. I will let you know as soon as we have the final determination.

I would like to extend my thanks to Donald Freeman, associate professor, Beth Grzelak, Teacher Education Program director, and Mandy Benedict-Chambers, doctoral student, for serving on the school’s TEAC team and preparing the extensive documentation that resulted in this terrific outcome. We were all in Philadelphia for the meeting of the review committee. The process and the committee’s questions to us were challenging and interesting. I was proud of our team, and of the work we are doing here at the School of Education. Thank you also to all of the faculty, staff, and students who contributed to the work along the way.

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