The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), founded in 1997, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators, those who will teach and lead in schools, pre-K through grade 12. TEAC’s goal is to support the preparation of competent, caring, and qualified professional educators.
TEAC’s primary work is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of college and university programs. The education program, not the college, school, department or other administrative unit of the institution, receives TEAC accreditation.
TEAC’s entire accreditation process is built around the program’s case that it prepares competent, caring, and qualified professional educators. TEAC requires the program to have evidence to support its case, and the accreditation process examines and verifies the evidence.
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditation, the American Council on Education, Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
TEAC’s Philosophy of Accreditation
Four principles guide TEAC’s accreditation process:
- Improvement is a continuous process in which each step helps define the next one and moves it forward.
- The accreditation process must be inquiry driven, starting from the faculty’s questions about the program’s mission and results.
- The accreditation process includes evidence from academic audits that examine the trustworthiness of the evidence that student learning meets high expectations and that the program follows processes that produce quality.
- The process is intended to be frugal, not burdening the program and institution with unnecessary activities or costs in paperwork, personnel, time, and money.
Throughout all stages of the accreditation process, TEAC and program faculty maintain open and frequent communication on all relevant matters.
TEAC Accredited Programs:
The School of Education completed a rigorous self-study as well as an on-campus academic audit conducted by TEAC members. For approval, TEAC requires that institutions meet high professional standards, engage in a continuous improvement plan, and demonstrate quality assurance through external review. Benefits of attaining accreditation include: a mark of quality, proven success for program improvement, and reciprocity and access to greater opportunities for graduates.
- Career Switcher Program – Alternative Route to Licensure grades 6-12
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Gifted & Talented – Gifted Education Endorsement
- M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – Administration & Supervision Endorsement
- M.Ed. in Elementary Education and B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies– Licensure for grades PreK-6
- M.Ed. Reading Specialist
- M.Ed. in Special Education – Licensure for grades K-12
- M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – English as a Second Language Endorsement
- Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – Administration & Supervision Endorsement
- Ed.D. in K-12 School Leadership – Administration & Supervision Endorsement
The Regent University School of Education's educational leadership and teacher preparation programs and the College of Arts & Sciences interdisciplinary studies program, which are designed to prepare competent, caring, and qualified professional educators are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council for a period of seven years, from January 9, 2009 to January 9, 2016. This accreditation certifies that the educational leadership, teacher preparation and interdisciplinary studies programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC's quality principles. Teacher Educational Accreditation Council, One Dupont Circle, Suite 320, Washington, DC, 20036, phone 202.466.7236.