Troy University College of Education earns specialized accreditation

Posted: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

TROY—Troy University’s longstanding mission of teacher preparation was reaffirmed recently as the College of Education received notification of accreditation from its national accreditation organization, according to Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has granted TROY accreditation of the undergraduate- and graduate-level programs of teacher preparation on the University’s four Alabama campuses. More than 6,100 Troy University students worldwide major in education.

“This marks the first time that our teacher education programs in the College of Education have received specialized accreditation as a single unit,” Dr. Tatum said. “Troy University was founded as an institution to train teachers, so we should adopt the highest standards and principles of our profession as established by NCATE in order to continue that legacy of excellent teacher preparation.”

Dr. Tatum explained that before the unification of the Troy State University System in 2005, NCATE granted accreditation to two separate campuses and one branch campus within the system. NCATE first granted accreditation to Troy University in 1981.

NCATE reaffirmed TROY’s accreditation for the maximum seven years, Dr. Tatum said. He added that more than 60 faculty members and staff were involved in the NCATE process, which was led by Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education and Dr. Charlotte Minnick, director of Teacher Education.

“Dr. Bynum and Dr. Minnick did an outstanding job in leading us through the self-study process. I owe a great deal of thanks to all of my senior staff for their commitment and work in getting the College positioned for success,” Dr. Tatum said.

Faculty from three other academic colleges—Arts and Sciences, Communication and Fine Arts and Health and Human Services—also played important roles in the process, Dr. Tatum added.

NCATE, a peer review system which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the professional accrediting body for colleges, schools and departments of education, currently accredits 632 colleges of education.

TROY’s College of Education offers a variety of certifications programs on each of its four Alabama campuses that include K-6 elementary, K-6 and 6-12 collaborative and 6-12 secondary teacher programs in 7 areas of study, as well as P-12 programs in art, music and physical education. The College of Education is accredited to award bachelor's, master's and education specialist degrees.