The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) has awarded a full 7-year accreditation to the teacher education programs at Ithaca College. Ithaca College offers teacher preparation programs in adolescence education (grades 7-12) and elementary/childhood education (grades 1-6), as well as K-12 teacher preparation in the certification areas of art, agriculture, health, physical education, and music.
“Being fully accredited by our national accrediting body is a point of pride for our program and an indication that Ithaca College remains an excellent provider of educator preparation,” said Sara Levy, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education. “We look forward to preparing the next generation of teachers who are dedicated to fostering critical thinking, a commitment to social justice, and creating a more equitable world.”
National accreditation is a rigorous and comprehensive process of self-study and peer review that is evidence-based and focuses on the accountability and continuous improvement of IC’s professional programs. The process also helps strengthen relationships with various stakeholders and is a helpful audit and review of practices to refine and enhance the programs.