Graduate Studies in Education program receives national accreditationPosted March 27, 2013
After two years of a rigorous application process, the ACU Graduate Studies in Education program has received national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for five years — the longest time possible for a new program with the TEAC.
“The entire faculty is thrilled to have reached this milestone,” says Dr. Bruce Scott, chair of graduate studies in education. “This has been a two-year journey involving faculty in the department, along with the dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Donnie Snider.”
The TEAC accreditation demonstrates the quality of ACU’s education curriculum and its alignment with national standards. The accreditation also affirms that graduates of the program are prepared for the realities they will face as practitioners in the education field.
ACU’s Teacher Education Program achieved this same milestone last year.
“We were fortunate to have followed a number of our colleagues through this process. We received valuable support from Dr. Dana Pemberton, teacher education chair and professor, and Dr. Sam Stewart, assistant professor, in our efforts,” says Scott.
In addition to the accreditation, the graduate studies in education will offer a new and improved online master’s program. The Master of Education in Leadership of Learning will allow students to finish the program more quickly and at lower cost (17% less) than other programs of its kind.
With a revised program and the TEAC accreditation, the faculty members expect to see an increase of interest in a graduate degree with ACU’s education department.
“We have already received positive feedback in our efforts to recruit students from across the nation,” says Scott.