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July 2009

Release Date: July 31, 2009ASU Logo

Three ASU Education Programs Nationally Recognized

Three Angelo State University programs have been nationally recognized for their excellence in preparing teachers.

The ASU Teacher Education Department’s Early Childhood to Sixth Grade Certification Program has been awarded Nationally Recognized status by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). ASU’s Special Education Preparation Program attained Nationally Recognized status, with conditions, from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Also gaining Nationally Recognized status, with conditions, was Social Studies Education through the ASU History Department from the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).

The status reports are based on self-studies the ASU programs conduct to compare their preparation of teachers against the assessing organizations’ national standards. Upon reaching those standards, the programs receive the Nationally Recognized status.

Programs that seek accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) must submit all preparation programs for review by the national content organizations. As a final step in nationally accrediting Angelo State University, a visiting panel of volunteer peers will come to ASU in April 2010.

According to Dr. John Miazga, dean of the College of Education, the Nationally Recognized status is a major accomplishment by the preparation programs that receive it.

The Department of Teacher Education prepares elementary school teachers for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Miazga said its report of standards was submitted to ACEI because it oversees that grade range. The department’s committee, headed by Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine, was recognized as meeting all of ACEI’s national standards.

The CEC evaluated the Special Education Preparation Program’s standards and awarded the Nationally Recognized status, as did NCSS for the Social Studies Program. However, both programs were asked to upgrade certain areas to meet national standards within 18 months.

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