Sunday, December 3, 2017

National Accreditation awarded through 2022 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Meet the faculty in the Benedict College School of Education; Dr. Sue Sadik, Dr. Tracy Middleton, Dr. Damara Hightower, Ms. Mamie Shippy, Dr. LaShaune Smith-Brisbon, and Dr. Betty Stukes with Mr. Craig King, Director of Governmental Relations, Palmetto State Teachers Association, who was the guest speaker for American Education Week.

(Columbia, SC) --- Benedict College recently received reaffirmation of accreditation for its Teacher Education programs through 2022 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. CAEP is currently the single specialized accreditation system in the United States with more than 840 programs participating in the system.

According to the Board of Examiners' report submitted by the site reviewers, Benedict College Educator Preparation programs exceeded the rigorous NCATE standards. "With the full confidence of CAEP and support of the South Carolina State Department of Education, Benedict College is positioned to more keenly focus its efforts to address teacher shortages, achievement disparities, and the diversity gap between public school students and the teacher workforce," noted Dr. Damara Hightower, Dean of the School of Education. "Not only do I believe Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) have a leadership role to play in addressing the issues, but Benedict College's historical commitment to producing stellar teachers dictates that we have a moral imperative to do so."

The School of Education extends the mission of the Institution by producing educators who are "powers for good in schools and communities." With extensive experiential learning opportunities through field experiences and service learning projects prior to student teaching, students are oriented to act as advocates for social justice and trained to use culturally-responsive pedagogy to serve the educational needs of all children. As a testament to the caliber of educators Benedict College produces, it is not uncommon for Benedict graduates to be among those recognized as Teacher of the Year for their schools and districts. Many have gone on to become administrators, teacher leaders, and professors.

The College offers initial licensure programs in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Designed to lead to dual certification, both programs are nationally recognized and meet their respective Specialized Professional Association standards.

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The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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