The reaccreditation was awarded by the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for Educator Preparation (CAEP), which wrote that the university’s education programs “meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”
UNC Asheville’s education program combines the university’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum with a focus on pedagogy and professionalism for future teachers. Students in the program have opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad, and each semester are able to observe, assist and teach in local classrooms.
“We are proud of the quality of our teaching programs,” said Kim Brown, chair and assistant professor of education. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for all of their great work as teachers of future educators and in the processes necessary for the reaccreditation.
“Students in UNC Asheville’s Teacher Education Program graduate as well-trained teachers and with deep knowledge of their content areas. Our students major in the subject of their choice and additionally, take the education and other courses needed to learn pedagogy and gain licensure. More than 600 graduates have gained certification through our program in the past five years.”
The next reaccreditation visit is scheduled for the fall of 2020. UNC Asheville is one of 37 North Carolina education programs accredited by CAEP. For more information, visit education.unca.edu.