freeman-elaine-compThree areas at MSSU, Secondary English/Language Arts Education, Middle School Education, and Elementary Education, have once again earned national recognition from their respective professional associations. These programs have continued to meet rigorous standards and in some cases new standards.

The MSSU Teacher Education Program is fully accredited and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  This continuous process is data-driven, student outcomes-based with multiple data points. 

(Pictured: Dr. Elaine Freeman interacts with students.)

In addition to unit accreditation, individual programs within the department may elect to seek national recognition.

These programs met standards set forth by their respective governing associations – National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), and Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) respectively.�

These recognitions are part of a continuous improvement process in which educator preparation programs collect and use student data to strengthen certification programs. Detailed program reviews, prepared by faculty members, are evaluated by teams of outside reviewers from the respective disciplines.�

Graduates from NCATE accredited institutions will experience easier movement across states regarding certification.

Employers, students, and parents have assurance that MSSU Teacher Education graduates have met high standards as measured by multiple assessments regarding their content knowledge and professional  skills and dispositions.

“We welcome the accreditation process and the accountability it brings to our programs,” says Dr. Deborah Brown, interim head of the Teacher Education Department. “The endorsement of our programs from an outside agency adds further validation that our students are ready to enter the classroom when they receive their diplomas.”