Teacher Education Program receives reaccreditation
November 16, 2010Tweet
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) has awarded national reaccreditation to Binghamton University’s Teacher Education Program. TEAC, one of two national accrediting agencies for teacher preparation programs, is recognized as a national accreditor by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Binghamton’s program, originally the first in SUNY to receive TEAC accreditation in 2005, is one of more than 118 programs in 21 states with TEAC-accredited educator preparation programs. The reaccreditation period is for 10 years.
According to Frank B. Murray, president of TEAC, “only a bare majority of the nation’s college and university teacher education programs and programs for professional educators in the United States are nationally accredited.”
To be accredited by TEAC, a teacher education program must have solid, independently verifiable evidence of its graduates’ competence. In particular, the program must show that its graduates understand the subject matter they are certified to teach, understand the process of learning and teaching, and possess teaching skills that lead students to appropriate levels of achievement. The program must also have an ongoing process for reviewing and improving itself, and must demonstrate that it has the capacity to offer quality education.
School of Education Dean S. G. Grant said that earning reaccreditation through TEAC is confirmation of the strong program of studies offered. “I am pleased that the quality of our teacher education program has been recognized in this fashion. It is a testament to the outstanding students, faculty, and staff in the school.”