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July 2009

Release Date: July 8, 2009ASU Logo

Two ASU Education Programs Nationally Recognized

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has recognized a pair of programs in Angelo State University’s College of Education.

The ASU Teacher Education Department’s Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification Program has been awarded Nationally Recognized status by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Also, ASU’s Special Education Preparation Program attained Nationally Recognized status, with conditions, from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

The status reports are based on self-studies the ASU programs conduct to compare their standards against organizations’ national standards. Upon reaching those standards, they receive the Nationally Recognized status.

According to Dr. John Miazga, dean of the College of Education, the Nationally Recognized status is a step in affirming accreditation from NCATE, which will send a visiting panel of volunteer peers to campus in April 2010 to evaluate those and other teacher preparation programs to nationally accredit Angelo State University.

The Department of Teacher Education prepares elementary school teachers for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Miazga said their report of standards was submitted to ACEI because it oversees the grade range. The department’s committee, headed by Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine, was recognized as meeting all of ACEI’s national standards.

The CEC evaluated the Special Education Preparation Program’s standards and awarded the Nationally Recognized status, but asked the program to upgrade some areas to meet CEC national standards within 18 months.

Several other joint teacher preparation programs are under review and will receive reports on their status from governing bodies in the near future. Angelo State University’s response to these reports will be coordinated by Dr. Marcia L. Broughton, NCATE coordinator for ASU.