Dr. Sharen L. Cypress
Dean, School of Education
NCATE Grants Continuing Accreditation to FHU’s School of Education
On April 24, 2013, the School of Education received official notification from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) of the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) decision to continue accreditation of the School of Education at the initial and advanced preparation levels (Professional School Counseling and School Administration-K-12 Educational Leadership). NCATE accreditation indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. The School of Education was initially accredited by NCATE in 1982.
The UAB decision was the culminating step in the continuing accreditation review process. During the 2010-2012 academic years, the School of Education completed an institutional report, prepared extensive evidence for an electronic exhibit room, and hosted an eight-person Board of Examiners team for an on-site visit, November 11-13, 2012. The team interviewed some 140 administrators; School of Education, School of Sciences and Mathematics, and School of Arts & Humanities faculty members; teacher education candidates and alumni, and K-12 school partners. In accord with the state partnership agreement between NCATE and the Tennessee Department of Education, the Board of Examiners was a joint national and state team. The School of Education received the Board of Examiners’ Report in November summarizing their findings and recommendations.
Dean Sharen Cypress stated, "The visit by the NCATE and Tennessee state team affirmed that the work being done at the School of Education meets the highest standards for the preparation of education professionals. The accreditation process is so comprehensive that the entire community has to be involved. We are extremely proud and grateful of the response from our FHU community."
The School of Education seeks to prepare its students beyond initial licensure by providing a common core of liberal arts education, an integration of congruent professional courses, guided field experiences, content-specific courses integrating technology, and a moral commitment to the teaching profession with appropriate continuing assessment in a global democracy built on Christian values.
Why Study Here?
In the School of Education at Freed-Hardeman University, our commitment is to provide quality preparation programs for future educators, in partnerships with public and private schools and other educational agencies. Through our ongoing partnership work, we strive to enhance PreK-12 student academic achievement and the professional education programs in which we are engaged.
The School of Education has a rich history in preparing teachers for the classroom since 1870. Our faculty members have served in a variety of K-12 settings before coming to work at FHU. Each of our instructors is prepared to work with you to help you reach your full potential.
The School of Education can help you prepare for a rewarding career in education by offering teaching licensure programs in the areas of Early Childhood Education: PreK-3, Elementary Education K-6 and Middle grades 4-8 and in Secondary Education: Art K-12, Theater K-12, Music (vocal general) K-12, Kinesiology K-12, History 7-12, Chemistry 7-12, English 7-12, Biology 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Physics 7-12, Psychology 7-12, Special Education 7-12, Business Education 7-12 and Speech Communication 7-12.
The success of our programs is documented by the fact that the School of Education has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1981. In addition to NCATE accreditation, all programs in the School of Education are approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
As a continuing force, leading teacher preparation across the state of Tennessee and beyond Tennessee’s borders, we are reflective educators seeking to serve. For more information about the School of Education at Freed-Hardeman University, please contact us at 1-800-348-3481 or 731-989-6074.