Wheeling Jesuit University’s (WJU) Teacher Education Program has earned national re-accreditation through 2021 by its accrediting council.
In October 2014, The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) system granted the seven year re-accreditation for WJU‘s undergraduate education degrees.
“This process was extremely beneficial to our department, and the end result is further proof of the quality of education our pre-service teachers receive,” said Dr. Jeremy Vittek, program director of professional education. “We are very pleased with the decision of the council. The program received a rating of ‘Above Standard’ for each quality principle, which is a testament to our program and university as a whole.”
The accreditation process began two years ago and consisted of an in-depth examination of all aspects of the undergraduate teacher preparation program. TEAC conducted an on-site audit review in April 2014. This review re-affirmed Wheeling Jesuit University displayed an adherence to the TEAC Quality Principles.
In 2012, on the masters level, WJU earned a five-year initial accreditation for its growing Masters in Educational Leadership (MEL) program.
Vice President for Academics, Dr. Robert Phillips said, “Going through the accreditation process takes a significant amount of work by all of members – faculty and staff – of the professional education program. Led by Dr. Vittek, we are grateful for all of the efforts devoted on behalf of our students and the university. That they received accreditation for the full seven years speaks clearly of the quality of the program.”
Providers accredited under TEAC quality principles, as well as those accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, now are served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.
Wheeling Jesuit University already has begun the transition to the new CAEP standards in preparation of the next review in October 2021.
For more information on the Professional Education Program, visit: wju.edu/academics/ped or call Vittek at 304-243-4370.