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Benedict's teacher education programs receive reaffirmation of accreditation

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Benedict College has received reaffirmation of accreditation for its teacher education programs through 2022 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The council, based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, is the single specialized accreditation system in the U.S., with more than 840 participating programs. The Board of Examiners’ report submitted by site reviewers said Benedict College educator preparation programs exceeded the national standards, according to a news release.

“With the full confidence of CAEP and support of the South Carolina State Department of Education, Benedict College is positioned to more keenly focus its efforts to address teacher shortages, achievement disparities and the diversity gap between public school students and the teacher workforce,” Damara Hightower, dean of Benedict’s School of Education, said.

The college’s School of Education provides experiential learning opportunities and service learning projects prior to student teaching. Benedict College offers initial licensure programs in early childhood education and elementary education. The programs, designed to lead to dual certification, both meet their respective Specialized Professional Association standards, the school said. 

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