Education Programs Re-accredited at William Woods University

The Missouri State Board of Education recently voted unanimously to approve re-accreditation of all education programs at William Woods University.

William Woods has been preparing teachers for most of its 136-year history. Currently, 86 WWU undergraduate students are pursuing either majors or minors in education. William Woods offers majors leading to teacher certification in elementary education, middle school education, and special education.

Students wishing to teach at the secondary level take certification courses in education and major in art education, English education, mathematics education, physical education, social science education, speech and theatre education or unified science.

An early childhood education endorsement is available for those wishing to work in preschools.

The Graduate & Adult Studies program at William Woods offers master of education programs and specialist of education programs in both administration and curriculum/instruction in locations throughout the state. The specialist degree prepares educational administrators to be certified for the superintendent’s certification.

According to Sherry McCarthy, vice president and dean of academic affairs, the re-accreditation process requires the education division to write up a review of its programs and provides evidence of how they meet the criteria set up the by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Certification.

“A review team visited the campus last spring and interviewed faculty, students and administration. The team made a recommendation to the state commissioner of education that all the programs be approved and the commissioner in turn made the same recommendation to the State Board of Education,” she said.

McCarthy commended the faculty, staff and administration involved in the education programs “for their efforts in putting together a review of their programs that showed the uniqueness of the programs and the quality of the students who graduate from them.”