Ithaca College prepares teachers in the School of Music, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. The All College Teacher Education Committee (ACTEC) is composed of representatives from each of these teacher preparation programs. ACTEC sets general policy and procedures to ensure that all Ithaca College teacher education programs meet or surpass New York State and national accreditation standards. Originally established in 1966, ACTEC was made a standing committee of the college in 1972 and is the governing body of teacher education at Ithaca College. All teacher education programs at Ithaca College adhere to the 2011 InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.

All teacher education programs at Ithaca College are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Additionally, Ithaca College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The School of Music is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology within the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

All-College Teacher Education Unit Vision Statement

We strive to prepare exemplary teachers and educational leaders who work collaboratively with individuals and communities to create high quality education for all.

All-College Teacher Education Unit Mission Statement

The All-College Teacher Education Unit at Ithaca College embraces the values of knowledge, competence, and a commitment to service expressed in the Ithaca College Mission. Our mission is to prepare teachers who possess knowledge and teaching competence in their respective disciplines, who know how to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse communities of students and families, and who are inspired and motivated by the belief that excellence and equity in education are profoundly interdependent. To this end, Ithaca College teacher educators guide candidates through carefully designed and supervised programs where theory, research, and practice combine in order to provide them with solid foundations in the content, professional, pedagogical, technological, relational, and cultural knowledge and experiences needed in order to become engaged and effective teachers for all students in the 21st century.

Structure and Governance

ACTEC reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs while issuing minutes and agenda to the Faculty Council. ACTEC is comprised of one faculty member from each teacher education program selected by the dean and/or chair and identified as the "program coordinator," one additional faculty member from the Department of Music Education, the chairs of the departments of Health Promotion and Physical Education and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the dean from each school offering a teacher education program, and the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, who serves as chair. Administrative support is provided by the School of Humanities and Sciences; the Field Experience Coordinator and Accreditation Coordinator serve as ex officio members of the committee.

Committee duties include:

  • Conduct review of all new programs and substantial changes in curricular content related to policies established by ACTEC.
  • Monitor the unit assessment system for effectiveness and fairness; make recommendations for the purposes of program improvement.
  • Investigate and provide recommendations concerning ongoing developments in the field of education.

Current Members

Current ACTEC committee membership

Member Title and Department ACTEC Role
Claire Gleitman Interim Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences Unit Head
Ivy Walz Interim Dean, School of Music Unit Head
Linda Petrosino Dean, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance Unit Head
Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson Associate Provost of Academic Programs Chair
Radio Cremata Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music Education Program Coordinator
Sara Levy Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Education Program Coordinator (undergraduate)
Peter Martin Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs, Department of Education Program Coordinator (graduate)
Raj Subramaniam Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education Program Coordinator
Mary Pitti Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Program Director Program Coordinator
Sean Linfors Assistant Professor, Department of Music Education Music Education Representative
Julia Lapp Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education  

The work of ACTEC is also supported by staff located in the department of education:

  • Sarah House, Teacher Education Certification Specialist 
  • Mai An Rumney, Accreditation Coordinator
  • Kim Slusser, Field Experience Coordinator and edTPA Coordinator

Great News!

Ithaca College made it to the top three of Niche’s 2018 list of Best Colleges for Education in New York!

Ithaca College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The All-College Teacher Education Committee is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated onsite visit in fall of 2021. Additionally, our teacher education programs are nationally recognized by their respective specialized professional associations. See additional program accreditation information at NASM and CAA.