TEAC grants teacher preparation programs accreditation for seven years.

March 15, 2012

DEARBORN / March 15, 2012 --- The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) has granted the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education’s teacher preparation programs accreditation for a period of seven years. The accreditation is the culmination of a two-year process that included a detailed audit of the University’s teacher preparation programs. Accredited schools must provide significant evidence of three quality principles and standards for teacher education programs: candidate learning, faculty learning and inquiry, and institutional commitment and capacity for program quality. “This accomplishment represents the combined work of many individuals on the UM-Dearborn campus, and it recognizes the University’s commitment to excellence in preparing education professionals,” said Edward Silver, dean of the School of Education.

Associate professors Paul Fossum and Susan Everett provided leadership for the TEAC accreditation process in the School of Education.

Founded in 1997, TEAC is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve teacher preparation programs. According to its Website, TEAC’s goal is to support the preparation of competent, caring and qualified professional educators.

The certification comes as universities across the state are being asked to prove the effectiveness of their programs. All approved Michigan teacher preparation institutions are required to attain national accreditation through TEAC or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) by December 31, 2013.

“With the close scrutiny being given to teacher preparation programs in the country amidst deep skepticism about the quality of these programs, the accreditation by TEAC after a rigorous review and close examination of all aspects of our work is especially gratifying,” Silver said.

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 90 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education. A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.
Beth Marmarelli
313-593-5542 / bethmar@umd.umich.edu