Millersville University’s teacher preparation programs have recently received national recognition from their Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), member organizations of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which have standards for both students in schools and candidates preparing to work in schools.

This national recognition means that Millersville teacher preparation programs meet the highest standards possible within their fields. “Only 20 of the 94 teacher preparation programs in the Commonwealth can boast this significant accomplishment,” said Dr. Jane S. Bray, dean for the school of education and associate provost.

Each discipline (English, social studies, mathematics, foreign languages, chemistry, biology, physics, earth sciences, early childhood, educational leadership, reading, gifted education, special education and school psychology) has a SPA on the national level that establishes the standards to be met.

These standards are researched-based and focus on the knowledge, skills and dispositions teacher candidates should have in their teacher preparation programs. They also review faculty to ensure that only qualified faculty are preparing teachers for the future classrooms. Standards developed by these SPAs describe what professionals in the field should know and be able to do.

“I am so very proud of the accomplishment our teacher preparation programs have achieved by meeting the standards of each of their specialty professional associations. Achieving this national recognition for our teacher preparation programs ensures that we will continue to offer programs of distinction to our teacher candidates,” said Bray.

For more information, visit Millersville University’s accreditation and membership website.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Susan DiBartolomeis

    Congratulations and a huge pat on the back to each person who worked on the “SPA” reports; it was a dry and time intensive job to prepare them, and the folks who did deserve all of our appreciation for their efforts. I’m so glad those efforts paid off. Well done!

  2. This is so wonderful! Millersville University has a fantastic staff in the education department who have definitely shaped me, along with many others, into being better educators. The amount of genuine passion and desire shown by professors for educating Millersville students in the classroom and out in the field is remarkable.

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