UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler School of Education Program Nationally Recognized by TEAC
June 28, 2011
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council has awarded The University of Texas at Tyler’s teacher education program national accreditation through 2016, Dr. William Geiger, College of Education and Psychology dean, announced.
This is the first national accreditation for the program, which is regionally accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
“TEAC accreditation further validates the quality of UT Tyler’s teacher education program, its comprehensive curriculum and the committed faculty,” said Dr. Kathy Morrison, UT Tyler School of Education director. “The accreditation notification was the culmination of much hard work and assures the public that the School of Education prepares competent, caring and qualified professional educators.”
The program provides undergraduate teacher certification in one of four areas: early childhood through sixth grade, fourth through eighth grade, all level certification and secondary certification. UT Tyler’s School of Education consists of 24 full-time faculty members and currently enrolls about 550 students.
With a 99 percent pass rate on certification exams, UT Tyler education majors consistently out-perform students from other universities.
To achieve TEAC accreditation, faculty members from the School of Education spent the last three years working on student assessment, data collection and interpretation and writing a self-study.
TEAC’s academic audit verifies the accuracy of the evidence that student learning meets high expectations and that the program is following processes that produce quality.
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, the TEAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators – those who will teach and lead in schools, pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Its primary work is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of college and university programs.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.