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The University of Olivet teacher education program earns TEAC accreditation

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Note: The University of Olivet received its most recent 10-year reaccreditation term from the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2008. This press release concerns additional program-specific accreditation through TEAC.

The University of Olivet is pleased to announce that its teacher education program has earned national accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). At its March meeting in Washington D.C., TEAC granted seven-year accreditation terms to five programs at three institutions, including The University of Olivet’s teacher education program.

Olivet received a positive recommendation, allowing the college to receive the maximum accreditation term possible.

“We are so pleased to have received national accreditation for our teacher education program,” said Maria Davis, Ph.D., dean and provost of The University of Olivet. “TEAC’s accreditation truly affirms the quality a The University of Olivet degree provides for future educators.”

The accreditation decision follows a two-year process of data analysis and review which culminated in a site visit by a team of experts appointed by TEAC. This seven-year accreditation is the highest level of accreditation issued by TEAC, and it certifies that Olivet’s teacher education program has provided evidence that it adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.

“It has been through the collective efforts of students, faculty, administrators and outside consultants working together that has allowed The University of Olivet to attain TEAC accreditation,” said Lisa Furman, Ph.D., director of education at The University of Olivet, “and it is through these sustained collaborative efforts that we will continue our work toward further developing our program to provide a model of exemplary teacher educator preparation.”

Founded in 1997, TEAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators, those 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. In October 2012, TEAC announced a merger with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Olivet’s accreditation will transfer to this new accreditation body.

TEAC’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. National accreditation through TEAC provides students with additional assurance that they will be well prepared to become effective educators through the school’s teacher education program.

For more information about The University of Olivet’s teacher education program, contact Furman at 269.749.7682 or lfurman@uolivet.edu. Learn more about TEAC and its accreditation process.

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