The Teacher Education Accreditation Council awarded national accreditation to the Teacher Licensure program at Roanoke College on Friday, March 26. The accreditation is awarded for a five year period, the longest period available to a first-time TEAC accredited institution. Roanoke’s education department began TEAC’s process of internal review in 2007 and successfully completed the accreditation process this year. This marks the first time the education department has pursued national accreditation.
Roanoke’s teacher licensure program, led by Dr. Tim Reynolds, joins more than 100 accredited programs in 21 states with TEAC-accredited educator preparation programs. Dr. Frank B. Murray, president of TEAC, commented, “Only a bare majority of the nation’s college and university teacher education programs and programs for professional educators in the United States are nationally accredited. We welcome Roanoke College to this select group.”
“TEAC accreditation is a significant accomplishment for the College,” says Dr. Richard Smith, vice president and dean of the College. “It confirms that our teacher education programs compare well to the leading programs in the nation and is precisely the kind of recognition that a top-100 national liberal arts college should have.”
Roanoke College offers teacher licensure programs in elementary education, visual arts education, music education, theatre arts, health and physical education, English, French, German, Spanish, history and social science, mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics. Roanoke’s teacher licensure programs are grounded in academic discipline, pedagogical theory and field-based experiences. The programs prepare students to become highly qualified teachers who understand the complex relationships among the student, the teacher, the community and learning.
“This is an important milestone for the College and the education department,” Roanoke President Michael Maxey said.
TEAC is recognized as a national accreditor by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Founded in 1997, TEAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators—those who will teach and lead in schools pre-K through grade 12.
Accreditation by TEAC is a system of quality review for educator preparation programs. It is designed to assure both education professionals and the public of the institution’s commitment to academic quality and fiscal integrity as well as to stimulate on-going improvement in the accredited educator preparation program.
To be accredited by TEAC, a teacher education program must have solid, independently verifiable evidence of its graduates’ competence. In particular, the program must show that its graduates understand the subject matter they are certified to teach, understand the process of learning and teaching, and possess teaching skills that lead students to appropriate levels of achievement. The program also must have an ongoing process for reviewing and improving itself, and must demonstrate that it has the capacity to offer quality education. The TEAC accreditation process includes two levels of decision-making, culminating in a decision by TEAC’s Accreditation Committee, which includes representatives of both the public and the education profession.
In making the accreditation announcement, Dr. Murray noted, “We congratulate the Roanoke College program on this significant accomplishment and appreciate their dedicated work for students and educators in Virginia.”
Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.”
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.