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URI School of Education Earns National Accreditation for Educator Licensure Program – URI News

KINGSTON, Rhode Island – August 22, 2022 – The College of Education at the University of Rhode Island has been awarded full 7-year accreditation for its beginner and advanced educator licensure programs by the Association for the Improvement of Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). I was.

At its July meeting, the AAQEP Accreditation Committee issued an accreditation decision after considering evidence gathered through the self-study and peer review process.

The review determined that all four AAQEP criteria were met for both undergraduate and graduate-level programs, and state licenses for early childhood education, primary and secondary education teachers, and several specializations. led to acquisition.

According to a statement the board issued about its initial decision, “Teacher candidates are qualified as professional educators through a robust study program, extensive clinical practice opportunities, and a dynamic assessment system aligned with state and national standards. I am ready to work effectively.” license program.

Regarding the Advanced Program, the Commission’s statement reads: Program graduates are able to work, adapt and continue to grow in a variety of situations. ”

The committee also cited evidence of the faculty’s ability to maintain quality educator preparation. “The Faculty of Education maintains and enhances the quality of the program by analyzing evidence of its effectiveness and taking targeted action to drive improvement. We are working on systematic and mutually beneficial partnerships to strengthen in a more flexible setting.”

National accreditation ensures the quality of professional teacher training programs through a non-governmental, non-regulatory process of self-study and peer review. This standard and evidence-based process serves two main goals: accountability and continuous improvement.

“This accreditation not only recognizes the quality of our initial and advanced licensing programs, but also provides opportunities for innovation and continuous improvement to best meet the evolving needs of our students and K-12 partners. It’s been a pleasure working with you,” said Danielle Dennis. She is interim dean of the Feinstein College of Education at URI, which houses the Faculty of Education.

Interim Director of the School of Education, Diane Kahn, said the School of Education faculty members participate in the AAQEP national accreditation process “to achieve the goal of continuous improvement of outstanding and innovative educator preparation programs.” It added that it voted unanimously to do so.

“The school did not do this work alone. We would like to thank our students, alumni, members of the URI President’s Leadership Council, staff, PK-12 school partners, faculty, and university administrators for their countless contributions. Thank you for this important work in preparing teachers and educators to work,” said Kern.

The AAQEP model is also designed to respect local conditions and foster innovation and collaboration among institutions. AAQEP currently has members in 31 states and other jurisdictions, with over 180 educator preparation providers participating in the accreditation system.

AAQEP President and CEO Mark Russell Peterson said: “These programs provide strong early teacher preparation and empower incumbent educators by providing comprehensive student support and responsiveness to the needs of the local workforce.”