Marian University Education Programs Earn Highest Honors by Accrediting Body

by Katie Bradley | Jun 23, 2015

education classroomMarian University recently received reaffirmation of accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the education preparation programs at Marian University at the initial teacher preparation level and the advanced level. The university received special recognition by earning the highest distinction for field experiences and community partnerships, as well as faculty qualifications and development.  

Marian University has been accredited by NCATE for more than 37 years. The intensive reaccreditation process is a culmination of more than seven years of data collection and review and acknowledges that Marian University’s education programs meet the rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.

“We are so pleased that the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation has fully reaffirmed our continuing accreditation. National accreditation validates the excellence of our teacher education, principal preparation, and leadership programs,” Dr. Diana Cheshire, dean of the School of Education and Exercise Science. “We received two of the highest distinction ratings and multiple commendations from our site team of evaluators, which we were told is a rarity in accreditation nowadays. Great thanks and praise to our wonderful faculty and staff in each of our undergraduate, graduate, and academy programs as well as the many superintendents, district office personnel, teachers, and community leaders that were a part of this extremely successful reaccreditation effort.”   

Marian University’s School of Education and Exercise Science has a long tradition of excellence in preparing future educators and professionals, offering programs for three major career paths: teacher education, applied educational studies, and exercise and sports studies. The school is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs and award-winning international honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for school, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and are now transitioning into the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).      

The next accreditation visit—using the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards—is scheduled for fall 2020. 

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