PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The School of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) received continuing national accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Unit Accreditation Board made this decision at its April 21-24, 2013 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, to continue the accreditation of the School of Education that has been continuously accredited since 1954. This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet the rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.
“Our licensure programs at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels meet NCATE’s national standards of excellence and quality,” said Dr. Fredda Carroll, interim dean of the School of Education. “Both the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and NCATE share the belief that every student deserves a caring, competent and highly qualified education professional.”
Carroll offered special thanks to the major collaborative effort of the administration, faculty, staff, teacher candidates, alumni and P-12 school community partners for their contributions to the review of the licensure programs.
“Their ongoing support makes it possible to prepare educational leaders that promote academic excellence,” said Carroll. “These leaders engage in ethical leadership and create educational experiences that foster social responsibility and positively impact the lives of students in the Arkansas delta, state, and the nation.”
The next accreditation visit will be held under the auspices of the new accrediting body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Fall 2019.
The mission of the School of Education is to offer quality programs leading to licensure and careers in professional education. In addition to training teachers and human service professionals to meet the educational challenge of an ever changing society, the School of Education provides opportunities for students to study in a multicultural and diverse university setting, thereby encouraging responsible, productive citizens. The unit fulfills its mission through teaching, research, and public service to the immediate service area, the state of Arkansas and the nation.
For more information about the School of Education, call (870)575-8110.