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Teacher Education Program at UVa-Wise receives TEAC accreditation

The Teacher Education Program at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has received national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize TEAC as a national accreditor.
The Teacher Education Program joins more than 110 accredited programs in 21 states with TEAC-accredited educator preparation programs.
“The Department of Education at UVa-Wise is pleased to receive accreditation from TEAC,” said R. Jeffrey Cantrell, chair of the department. “Accreditation of our Teacher Education Program by a national teacher education organization is an achievement that our faculty, students, and school partners can be extremely proud of.  We have known for some time that graduates and completers of our program become highly effective teachers, but now they will have the prestige of national accreditation to add to their credentials.”
Founded in 1997, TEAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators. Accreditation by TEAC is a voluntary system of quality review for educator preparation programs.  It is designed to assure both education professionals and the public of the institution’s commitment to academic quality and fiscal integrity as well as stimulate on-going improvement in its educator preparation program.
“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,” said Frank B. Murray, president of TEAC. “We welcome UVa-Wise to this select group.”
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.
 “We congratulate the UVa-Wise Teacher Education Program on this significant accomplishment and appreciate their dedicated work for students and educators in Southwest Virginia,” Murray said.
The role of the Department of Education at UVa-Wise is to coordinate the Teacher Education Program with other academic departments that provide the general education core requirements and specific content area coursework to TEP candidates.
The TEP includes a liberal arts and sciences major, which was established in collaboration with the other academic departments at UVa-Wise. Within the liberal arts and sciences major, students may pursue teacher licensure in elementary education, special education, health and physical education, music education, French and Spanish. The major requires pre-service elementary or special education teachers to complete courses in a general education core, a specific area of concentration (from language and literature, mathematics, history and social science, or natural science), and relevant professional education coursework. Additionally, students interested in pursuing licensure at the middle school/high school levels can choose from endorsement programs in mathematics, algebra I, English, history and social science, biology, chemistry, business information and technology, and driver’s education.
TEP’s mission at UVa-Wise is to prepare professional educators to be transformative leaders in their classrooms by caring for, teaching, and inspiring their students to excel as learners and citizens. In addition to education theory and methods classes, UVa-Wise education students spend a full semester teaching in their licensure area.
For more information, contact College Relations at 276-376-1027.