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FSU Master of Education in Administration and Supervision One of Only 42 Programs to Gains National Recognition, Accreditation

Frostburg State University's master of education program in administration and supervision has joined an exclusive club: It is one of only 42 supervisory programs nationwide to receive national recognition by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

"National recognition boosts faculty morale and positions Frostburg State University as a leader in the state," said Dr. Susan Arisman, dean of the FSU College of Education.

NCATE accreditation has been mandated by the state of Maryland. FSU's programs are either currently under review or have already been approved. Accredited programs include the master in education in reading, the undergraduate program in mathematics education and the early childhood education program. In addition, the FSU elementary education program is part of a pilot study of new national NCATE standards.

NCATE estimates there are about 500 universities and colleges that offer programs in educational administration. Only 16 states are represented among the 42 accredited educational administration programs. FSU's program is offered at its Frostburg campus and the FSU Hagerstown Center.

One reason for the importance of accreditation is that the nation is facing a shortage of principals similar to that of teachers. Many have reached or are approaching retirement age, and the number of prospective administrators is not near enough to fill the need, Arisman said.

According to NCATE, the task of such program evaluations is to develop competent professionals to lead changing school systems and to make certain new conditions facing school leaders are reflected in redesigned preparation and certification programs. The program standards include 11 knowledge and skill domains integrated under four broad areas: strategic leadership, organizational leadership, instructional leadership, and political and community leadership.

For information on FSU's education programs, contact the College of Education at (301) 687-4759.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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