Antioch University Midwest recently received national recognition for three of its education licensure programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by each programs’ respective Specialized Professional Associations (SPA). Early Childhood Education was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Special Education by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Leadership and Ohio Principal Licensure Program by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).
“Having nationally recognized programs speaks to the quality of teacher preparation at Antioch University Midwest’s School of Education,” said Marian Glancy, PhD, Director of the School of Education. “Our students have a 99% licensure pass rate and are highly sought after following graduation; many securing employment immediately upon completing their program.”
The Educator Licensure Programs at Antioch University Midwest are written to the individual Specialized Professional Associations standards and are approved through these associations, which mean that each program meets the highest standards in the field. The clinical model of the program allows candidates to spend nearly a full academic year in the classroom where they student teach.
“Our program offers students a rich and invaluable opportunity to build lasting relationships with local teachers as they work directly with students as they complete their student teaching/clinical requirement,” said Julie Biddle, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Early Childhood Education Program. “It’s truly a unique experience.”
Through an accelerated program and cohort model, which provides a close network and a true learning community with fellow peers, students can complete both their degree and teaching licensure requirements in only 2 years.
CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. NAEYC acts on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with a primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources. CEC is the voice and vision of special and gifted education whose mission is to improve, through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance engagement of their families.ELCC provides both standards and guidelines to programs for the preparation of educational leaders, including expectations for program evaluation.