NCATE Continues Accreditation of FHU's Teacher's Education Program


MAY 8, 2013

The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has notified the Freed-Hardeman University School of Education that its accreditation will be continued for the next seven years. The unit is accredited at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels.

“This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community,” NCATE President James G. Cibulka said in a letter to FHU president Joe Wiley. The Unit Accreditation Board met April 21-24 in St. Louis.

In accord with the state partnership agreement between NCATE and the Tennessee Department of Education, the eight-member Board of Examiners team that conducted FHU’s site visit Nov. 11-13, 2012, was a joint national and state team. In addition to NCATE’s decision to grant continued accreditation to the unit, all 22 of the licensure programs offered by the School of Education were reapproved by the Tennessee Department of Education.

FHU’s School of Education offers teacher preparation leading to licensure in PreK—3, K--6, 4---8, special education, and secondary school licensure in 13 areas. Dr. Sharen Cypress is the dean of the School of Education. Approximately 200 undergrad students are currently enrolled in a program leading to initial licensure.

The graduate program offers a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, special education, administration and supervision and school counseling. It also offers an Education Specialist degree in school leadership. Courses leading to graduate degrees are available online and on campus in Henderson and Memphis. Dr. Elizabeth Saunders directs the graduate program with 375 students enrolled.