Strayer University Education Programs Receive TEAC Accreditation
August 13, 2013
Specialized National Accreditation Demonstrates Degree Programs' Adherence to Rigorous Academic And Teacher Enrichment Standards
Herndon, VA – August 13, 2013 – The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) has awarded Strayer University accreditation for seven years, the maximum allowed, of its graduate degree program in education. TEAC is one of two agencies that merged on July 1, 2013, to create the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a new agency that will be the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the U.S.
“Less than half the nation’s programs that prepare professional educators are currently accredited, making this recognition of Strayer University’s education program another validation of our academic standards and commitment to program quality,” said Michael Plater, Ph.D., president of Strayer University. “We are pleased to receive this validation from TEAC and look forward to working with them as we continue pursuing high levels of excellence.”
Accreditation by TEAC is based on an extensive evaluation of an institution’s education program – including campus visits and a confidential survey of program faculty and students – by a group of TEAC representatives and external educators. “Based on its assessment that the master of education program strengthens teachers’ capacity for effective teaching, TEAC is pleased to award accreditation to the education programs at Strayer University,” said Mark LaCelle-Peterson, former President of TEAC and current Senior Vice President for Engagement, Research, and Development at CAEP. In addition to providing exemplary evidence of students’ subject matter knowledge, pedagogical expertise, and teaching skills, Strayer University’s programs were evaluated on the rigor of their curricula, faculty, and resources.
The following concentrations within Strayer University’s master of education program are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation:
- Master of Education in Adult Education and Development
- Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
- Master of Education in Instructional Technology
- Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
- Master of Education in Education Management
- Master of Education in Technology in Education
“The education concentrations offered by Strayer University are designed for teacher enhancement in a variety of areas,” said Randi Reich Cosentino, Ed.D., provost and chief academic officer of Strayer University. “Our students – whether they are K-12 educators, corporate trainers, or other education practitioners – learn to improve their instruction, assessment, and curriculum development skills while also learning to become leaders and innovators. The accreditation of our graduate program in education by TEAC reinforces the value of our master’s degrees in helping educators further their careers.”
Celebrating 120 years since its founding in Baltimore in 1892, Strayer University offers relevant and rigorous academic programs to working adults, first-generation college students and others who often do not have access to higher education, preparing them for success in today’s competitive job market. Strayer University graduates earn degrees in programs ranging from business administration and accounting to education and information systems. Strayer University is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
About Strayer University
Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been in operation since 1892. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, economics, information systems, information technology, human resource management, education, health services administration, public administration, management and criminal justice to working adult students at 100 campuses in 24 states and Washington, D.C., as well as worldwide via the Internet. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit www.strayer.edu or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (www.teac.org) is dedicated to improving academic degree and certificate programs for professional educators through the audit of evidence of student achievement. In July 2013 TEAC joined the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The new agency will advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning (www.CAEPnet.org).