The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) awarded national accreditation to Manhattan College’s teacher education program for 10 years with no weaknesses or stipulations earlier this summer. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognize TEAC as a national accreditation organization.
Manhattan College’s teacher education program joins more than 110 accredited programs in 21 states, with TEAC-accredited education preparation programs. “Receiving accreditation with no weaknesses shows the excellent work of the program faculty to develop and implement a high quality program with an effective quality control system,” said William J. Merriman, Ph.D., dean and professor of the school of education. “The decision also reflects the work of the Steering Committee, chaired by Karen Nicholson, Ph.D., associate professor of education, who prepared the Inquiry Brief (self study) that was submitted to TEAC.”
To be accredited by TEAC, a teacher education program must have solid, independently verifiable evidence of its graduates’ competence. In particular, the program must show that its graduates understand the subject matter they are certified to teach, understand the process of learning and teaching and possess teaching skills that lead students to appropriate levels of achievement. The program must also have an ongoing process for reviewing and improving itself and must demonstrate that it has the capacity to offer quality education.
“Going through the process to achieve TEAC accreditation provided an opportunity for faculty to carefully and thoughtfully examine all aspects of the programs which prepare teachers at Manhattan College,” said Nicholson. “The rigorous criteria in place to achieve TEAC accreditation assure the faculty, students and the public that Manhattan College has sound, objective evidence that our programs are preparing graduates who know their subject matter and have the knowledge and skills to teach their future students.”