Several UAA Education programs do not meet accreditation requirements

UAA says some of the programs involving its school of education are no longer accredited.

The affected programs include “Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts and post-baccalaureate programs, Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts and post-baccalaureate programs, Secondary Education Master of Arts in teaching, and initial licensure programs in special education and early childhood special education”, according to a press release from the school.

A letter emailed by the Interim Director of UAA’s School of Education, Claudia Dybdahl shared the information within the school.

The letter says since 2016, the school has been working through the re-accreditation process with the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).

KTUU also got a notification from a school representative.

UAA says undergraduate students who have previously graduated from UAA with education degrees won’t be affected by the decision.

The next step rests with the Alaska state board of education, which must confirm whether or not UAA can still recommend its graduates for licensure.

According to the letter from Dybdahl, a student forum will be held to answer questions Monday, January 14 at 12:15pm in PSB room 216.


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