School of Education Earns Reaccreditation


May 20, 2009

Maryville University has announced that the School of Education has been reaccredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges and departments of education in the United States.

The review process requires external examination by professionals, teacher candidate performance assessments and evidence that the program meets professional teaching standards.

“Our continuing accreditation by NCATE and Missouri provides recognition of the excellence of our programs, our faculty and our graduates,” said Sam Hausfather, PhD, dean of the program. “Especially gratifying is the team’s identification of our strengths in our extensive and intensive field experiences for our students and our many active collaborations with local public schools.”

Maryville’s education program is known for innovative, long-term partnerships with local schools to support new teacher training, staff development and increased student achievement. The program was awarded the 2006 “Models of Excellence Award” for school partnerships from the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE).

“The national accreditation process has reinforced our ability to prepare the best and most effective teachers and leaders for area schools,” Hausfather said. “We greatly appreciate the support and hard work of our faculty, staff and partners during this intensive process.”

Maryville University’s NCATE continuing accreditation term is seven years. Maryville is one of only 19 programs (out of 37) in Missouri that has earned the national accreditation. The School of Education offers undergraduate, bridge and master’s degree programs, along with an innovative doctoral program in educational leadership and the only master’s teacher as leader program  in the region.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 15,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.


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