Lakeland program is first in Wisconsin to earn TEAC accreditation
Academics - posted on 7/24/2007
Lakeland College's teacher education program has become the first among Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive accreditation status from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
Lakeland becomes one of just 41 teacher education programs in 38 institutions of higher education in the U.S. to earn TEAC accreditation.
"Our education program has been a source of pride here for many years," said Lakeland President Stephen Gould. "It's central to our mission, and our alumni ranks are filled with teachers who learned their trade here and are making a difference in classrooms all over the country."
Lakeland's accreditation was approved for a five-year period by TEAC in late June. TEAC auditors visited Lakeland's campus in April and additional evaluation was conducted in May.
"TEAC has affirmed what we knew all along, that Lakeland is preparing teachers to serve the needs of all students by teaching them the knowledge and skills necessary to become caring, competent and professional educators," said Mehraban Khodavandi, chair of Lakeland's education division. "It feels really good to be in the company of universities such as Princeton University and the University of Virginia."
TEAC's mission is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs to ensure the public about the quality of college and university programs. Recognized by the Council for High Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditation, the American Council on Education, the Association of Teacher Educators and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
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