Educator programs nationally recognized

Four educator licensure programs offered by Teachers College, Henderson have been recognized by their national specialty program associations with no conditions.

“National recognition for educator licensure programs is evidence that an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is meeting standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparers,” said Dr. Judy Harrison, dean of Teachers College, Henderson.

 The four recognized programs and their specialty associations are:

• Early Childhood Special Education (Grades P-4) – Council for Exceptional Children

• Special Education Instructional Specialist (Grades 4-12) – Council for Exceptional Children

• Middle School Education (Grades 4-8) – Association for Middle Level Education

• Secondary Social Studies (Grades 7-12) – National Council for the Social Studies

All Henderson P-12 educator licensure programs associated with national specialty associations are nationally recognized. These four programs were recognized without conditions, meaning reviewers didn't find any standard or element requiring correction.

To receive national recognition, Harrison said programs must clearly align their curricula to specialty association standards, develop and implement assessments to determine their candidates’ level of performance, collect and analyze data from the assessments, and make program improvements identified by the data.

“I want to thank Dr. Brandie Benton, Dr. Ronnie Monroe, Carolyn Dyer, Dr. Peggy Woodall, and Dr. Glenda Hyer for their hard work, long hours, dedication and commitment through the arduous process of earning national recognition with no conditions,” Harrison said.

“Although we are proud of national recognition, the real evidence of our programs’ success is the positive impact our P-12 teachers have on student learning.”