Accreditation – Education
All of the department of Education’s initial teacher license programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education for undergraduate and graduate levels, including:
- Early Childhood Special Education (offered only at the graduate level)
- Elementary: grades 1-6
- Secondary: grades 7-12: science, math, social studies, English, and world languages
- Secondary: grades K-12: Family and Consumer Sciences (offered only at the graduate level)
- Special Education: PK-12
The following initial license programs are also nationally recognized through their specialized professional organizations:
- Elementary Program (Grades 1-6): Association for Children’s Education International
- Secondary Programs (Grades 7-12)
- English: National Council of Teachers of English (pending)
- Special Education Program (K-12): Council for Exceptional Children
The department of Education’s advanced programs for the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Arts in Special Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Department of Education Advisory Board
The Department of Education Advisory Board provides valuable guidance to assure that our teacher preparation programs at the initial and advanced levels meet the needs of the PK-12 educational community. In addition, they offer exceptional feedback as they evaluate candidate data and identify areas of strength and places for improvement.
The Department of Education Advisory Board meets annually and welcomes members of the PreK-12 educational community who wish to serve.
Members of the Core Advisory Board Include:
- Chrystal Collins, M.A., Principal, Plymouth Center School, Plymouth Public Schools
- Jordan Grossman, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Canton Public Schools
- Thad Hasbrouck, M.A., USJ College Supervisor
- Marian Hourigan, M.S., Director of District and School Partnerships, Connecticut Council for Education Reform
- Kim Kraner, M ’11, educator, Avon High School
- Andrew Morrow, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, West Hartford Public Schools
- Deb Petruzzello, M.A., educator, Middletown Public Schools
Initial License Programs
As part of their preparation, candidates must pass Praxis II exams in their content area. The following data for 2015-2016 is provided by ETS.
- Elementary Education Multi-Subject Math ETS 5003, 90%
- Foundations of Reading: 97% pass rate
- Special Education EST 5543, 100% pass rate
- Nursery-Grade 3 Praxis 5002, 100% pass rate
Official data for Praxis II is provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) only for programs with more than 10 program completers in a given year.