Accreditation assures our graduates are well prepared to pursue their professional careers.
The Department of Education's teacher certification and professional development efforts are presently approved by the Michigan's Department of Education (MDE), the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and, for our Early Childhood Education Center, by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
All Teacher Certification programs have passed—and will continue to be subject to the ongoing approval of—the Michigan Department of Education. This required approval enables us to offer programs and make recommendations resulting in state-issued certification of teachers and in the state-issued endorsement of such certified teachers in any of a number of subject areas at the elementary and secondary level.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Educator Preparation Program, which is designed to produce graduates who are knowledgeable in their content areas and their use of pedagogy with diverse learners and who are prepared to become caring and reflective professionals, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), a subsidiary of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), for a period of seven years, from 2012-2019. This accreditation certifies that the program has provided evidence that it adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
Regarding the authorizing authority for CEHHS' Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC's) voluntary accreditation system has set standards for early childhood education programs and helped interested parties identify high-quality educational programs for young children. ECEC has accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children effective through 2021.