The Marian University School of Education’s elementary education program was recently awarded national recognition from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Achieving national recognition by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) is a requirement of the School of Education’s accreditation process under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The SPA determination and rating is based on extensive program review using licensure exams, internal assessments, and national standards or benchmarks.
Marian University School of Education Dean Diana L. Cheshire, Ph.D., said, “This recognition says a lot about the excellence of our education programs here at Marian University. All of these reports require an extensive amount of work and dedication from faculty, administrators, and staff.”
SPAs are national organizations representing teachers, faculty, and other school personnel who:
- teach a specific subject matter (e.g., mathematics or social studies),
- teach students at a specific developmental level (e.g., early childhood, elementary, middle level, or secondary),
- teach students with specific needs (e.g., bilingual education or special education), administer schools (e.g., principals or superintendents), or
- provide services to students (e.g., school counselors or school psychologists).
Standards developed by SPAs describe what professionals in the field should know and be able to do.