Frostburg State University's College of Education has taken a giant leap toward national accreditation of its entire teacher preparation program.
FSU has been notified in recent weeks of the national recognition of secondary English, secondary social studies, physical education and all four disciplines offered in secondary science - physics, biology, chemistry and earth science.
FSU's Dean of the College of Education Dr. Susan Arisman said the multiple recognitions by national associations reinforce the quality of FSU's program. "We continue to have requests for our graduates from all over the state," she said.
National recognition in subject areas is an important step toward accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which is a new requirement in the state of Maryland for any colleges and universities of over 2,000 students. FSU is one of the first institutions in the state to go through this cycle.
Recognition has already been received in secondary math, early childhood education, reading and the master's level administration and supervision.
The only individual FSU programs that await approval are Elementary Education and Health Education. Since FSU combines Elementary Education with Early Childhood education and Health Education with Physical Education, full approval of both of those areas must come from four separate associations.
NCATE and the national associations are putting new emphasis on not only what courses are offered in a teacher education program, but also on collecting the data that proves how well the content is learned.
"We can assure the public more completely that our candidates can affect student achievement," Arisman said.
Teachers from nationally recognized programs will generally have a step up when they seek National Certification, according to Dr. David J. Fell, who is part of the team that has been preparing FSU for NCATE accreditation. They also have an advantage if they are looking for jobs in other states, Fell said.
For more information, call the College of Education at (301) 687-4759.
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