ACCREDITED: TEAC Grants 7-Year Accreditation to MAT Program
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
June 22, 2012
The TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) accreditation panel has reviewed Empire State College’s application and officially adopted the recommendation that the School for Graduate Studies’ Master of Arts in Teachingbe granted a seven-year accreditation with no stipulation, the highest possible recommendation.
TEAC, founded in 1997, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic-degree programs for professional educators, who will teach and lead in schools, pre-K through grade 12. TEAC’s goal is to support the preparation of competent, caring, and qualified professional educators.
EAC’s primary work is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of college and university programs. The education program, not the college, school, department or other administrative unit of the institution, receives TEAC accreditation.
Faculty member Lynae Sakshaug, chair of the accreditation team, and Tina Wagle, chair of teacher education for the college, were key in the process, according to Dean of the School for Graduate Studies Robert Clougherty.
“This recognition endorses the fact that we have a first-rate teacher education program,” said Clougherty. “This program was established to address the shortage of certified teachers in New York state. Since that founding, a high-quality faculty, talented staff and amazing cadre of students—and now alumni—have turned this into a model program. As many conversations occur about the need for the next generation of teacher education, a glimpse at us will show that Empire State College is already there."