HU’s teacher education program earns national reaccreditation

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Huntington University's commitment to excellence has been recognized once again with the national reaccreditation of its teacher education program for graduate and undergraduate students.

The university has received full reaccreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). HU offers education programs for undergraduate students in elementary, secondary, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and special education as well as a Master of Education degree for graduate students.

"Our review was not just good; it's really exceptional," said Dr. Terrell Peace, director of undergraduate teacher education.

The review recognized the accomplishments that the university has made in the area of assessment as well as strides that the university has made in increasing diversity, including the implementation of the Horizon Leadership Program. The program provides scholarships to minority students with the goal of creating a more diverse campus.

"We continue to gather and keep data on each student for everything from GPA to field experience," Peace said.

The university also tracks students after graduation. Survey data showed that for the Class of 2013 all students were employed by September, and 89 percent of those students were either teaching full-time or part-time.

HU's education provides students with a wide array of experiences before graduation that goes beyond the typical student teaching regimen to include multicultural and classroom training within the first two years of the program.

The teacher education program received initial accreditation in 1994 and was reaccredited in 2000 and 2005. It will seek reaccreditation again in 2020.