WWU’s Graduate Education Programs Accredited by TEAC

William Woods University has been
accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation
Council (TEAC)
for master of education-administration and educational specialist degrees.
“This is important information for Arkansas
teachers who wish to take WWU graduate programs.  It now provides
reciprocity with other states,” Dr. Michael
W. Westerfield
,vice president and dean of the graduate college,
Dr. Doug Ebersold, dean of education, explained
that the Arkansas Department of Education recently started requiring teachers
to complete either TEAC or NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education) accredited programs to receive administrative certification.
William Woods has been accredited for five years
(the highest number of years that TEAC awards), which Westerfield said “is
another move forward for WWU.”  
Less than half the nation’s programs that prepare
professional educators for the schools are currently accredited. Those that are
accredited are either located in the few states that mandate accreditation, in
other states that encourage accreditation in their state program approval
process, or seek the market advantage that comes from being able to advertise
that their program is accredited while some competitors are not.
In Missouri, graduate education programs are
accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
There are two national accreditors in education recognized by
the Council of Higher Education (CHEA) and the United States Department of
Education (USDE). Those that have selected TEAC are generally the independent
liberal arts colleges, the flagship research universities, and those who prefer
TEAC’s reliance on self-inquiry and continuous improvement.                                                          
TEAC offers an accreditation system that gives great weight
to the evidence of student accomplishment the program relies on to prove
that its graduates are competent. Programs attracted to TEAC’s approach are
schools that think independently and arrive at novel and productive
solutions to the advancement of teaching and knowledge.
These schools and programs find TEAC’s audit approach to
accreditation highly supportive as it helps them in the important work of
developing an on-going, valid, and influential quality control system aimed at
continuously improving teacher/leader preparation.