Education Department Receives National Accreditation

President Steve Kaplan announced last week that the Education Department’s programs have received approval from the Unit Accreditation Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the leading organization in the nation working to establish high-quality teacher preparation programs.

UNH has been offering high-caliber teacher preparation programs at the graduate level for 20 years. Since the department was first officially granted approval by the state of Connecticut in 1992, it has grown to become a state leader in providing rigorous education for beginning and advanced teachers.  The University’s programs were reapproved by the Connecticut State Department of Education in September, which reaffirmed the Department of Education’s commitment to helping new teachers be effective in the classroom while gaining the skills and knowledge that will help reform the profession.

The department’s programs allow students to earn master’s degrees in education and become certified to teach in one of 12 content areas, and its new Sixth-Year Diploma in Instructional Technologies and Digital Media Literacy offers working professionals the ability to interpret, develop and evaluate a range of digital technologies.  The NCATE accreditation ensures that all department offerings are held to rigorous standards of program development, instruction, assessment and continuous improvement.

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