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Special Education Program Granted Full Recognition by National Accrediting Body

IUP’s Education of Exceptional Persons Master’s in Education program has received full recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and accolades from reviewers for the “program aligning with CEC Content Standards, and data indicating candidates are mastering the major elements of the CEC content standards and the associated knowledge and skills.”

The review process is part of the College of Education and Educational Technology’s commitment to continued improvement model of accreditation from the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation.

In the most recent evaluation of IUP’s program, CEC reviewers noted that IUP’s program reflects “evidence that assessment results are evaluated and applied to the improvement of candidate performance and strengthening of the program.” Reviewers also recognized IUP’s students for having extensively mastering the respective knowledge skills and major elements of the CEC Content Standard.

“I would like to thank Dr. Becky Knickelbein, department chair and coordinator of the Master’s of Education program in the Education of Exceptional Persons, and Dr. Jeff Fratangeli, NCATE coordinator, for their work on this accreditation project,” Dr. Keith Dils, interim dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology, said.

The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

“Congratulations to the faculty, candidates, and graduates of the Education of Exceptional Persons Master’s of Education Program on this well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Joseph Domaracki, interim associate dean of the Office of Teacher Education.

Posted on 8/1/2011 10:53:14 AM

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