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College of Education accreditation continued

December 3, 2001

The APSU College of Education's commitment to producing teachers who are ready for today's classrooms has been affirmed through its continued accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The accreditation follows a review process that included on-site visits and document analysis by members of the education community, including teachers, school specialists and policymakers. Criteria included curriculum, teacher candidate assessment, partnerships with P-12 schools, diversity training and information technology resources.

"The faculty and staff in the various academic units on campus and local school principals and teachers played important roles in demonstrating the quality of Austin Peay's teacher candidates," said Dr. E. Sutton Flynt, dean of the College of Education.

The team was particularly impressed by the college's collaboration with the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system, Flynt says, a practice that will not only be continued but intensified. "It's clear that the best place to learn about being a successful teacher is the real-world classroom."

NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the professional accrediting body for schools, departments and colleges of education. The council revises its standards every five years to reflect changes in the education profession and helps programs prepare graduates for new, more rigorous licensing requirements.