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Lamar education programs nationally recognized

Three programs in the Lamar University College of Education and Human Development were recently nationally recognized by specialized professional associations (SPAs), branches of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the accrediting agency for the college.

“NCATE accreditation is one of the highest recognitions that a school of education can receive,” said Michael Wallace, director of the Department of Professional Pedagogy. “There are only 15 schools of education in the state with recognition from NCATE, which is now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).”

The EC-6 Generalist program for early childhood through sixth grade teachers in the Department of Professional Pedagogy was recognized by the Association for Children’s Education International (ACEI). It is one of only 11 EC-6 Generalist programs in the state to receive this recognition. The School Principal Certification program and the Principal Certification Only program in the Department of Educational Leadership were recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), making the Principal Certification program one of only 15 in the state with this recognition.

“In the state of Texas, many universities offer programs that prepare elementary school teachers, but only 11 have national recognition,” Wallace said. “I was awfully glad about the work that was done.”

“We have to submit several things to be considered for recognition. The SPAs look at curriculum, faculty qualifications, student projects and lesson plans, student teacher performance and scores on the Texas Education Agency certification exams,” Wallace said.

The accreditation and nationally recognized programs status will also benefit its current and prospective students.

“In many areas, state education agencies require that candidates for educator certificates and licenses graduate from NCATE-accredited institutions. Thirty-five states require their institutions and programs to stand for accreditation review. Texas is not one of them. We do this voluntarily,” Wallace said.

The Superintendent program in the Department of Educational Leadership is also nationally recognized by the ELCC. Programs receive national recognition for seven years.

For more information, contact Michael Wallace at michael.wallace@lamar.edu.