Teacher Accreditation Programs: Accreditation and Diversity

Accreditation for a teacher education program means that an independent third party has found that the program actually lives up to its promises to students and the public. It means that the academic degree or credential a student earns has been found to have value because it satisfies a set of standards set by the higher education and professional communities. While accreditation cannot provide a guarantee on these matters, accreditation tells the public that panels of experts have confidence in the continuing value and worth of a program. This essay describes the accreditation process for teacher education programs and considers its role in ensuring that teachers are prepared to teach in the culturally diverse classrooms of the 21st century.

Accreditation is accomplished by a unique quality ...

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