Teacher education master’s program receives maximum accreditation term

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the U.S., has granted TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) accreditation to Sarah Lawrence College’s Art of Teaching graduate program for the maximum term of seven years.

The education master’s degree program was rated “Above Standard” in all three quality principles on which TEAC accreditation is based: Candidate Learning; Faculty Learning; and Capacity and Commitment.

Part of the accreditation process is a “Call for Comment” by the Accreditation Council to current and former students, faculty, and educators in the field. Quotes about the program from these responses include the following:

“The Art of Teaching Program at SLC is exemplary. Since the 1980s it has consistently provided aspiring educators with the most innovative preparation in early childhood and childhood teaching.”

 “This program has offered an opportunity for me to develop my educational values and teaching philosophy grounded in the promises of progressive practices. I feel supported, guided, and cared for by my faculty and program director.”

“I realized from the get-go that I had much to learn from this absolutely incredible program. After two fruitful semesters, I am eagerly looking forward to future semesters with these amazing professors.”

“Art of Teaching is a unique program, a true gem. I feel so lucky to have been educated there.”

Sara Wilford, Art of Teaching director, says, “This rigorous accreditation process was challenging and inspiring. Both fair and transparent, it will guide us in our efforts to take the program to new levels of excellence.”

The Sarah Lawrence College Art of Teaching program gives students a solid philosophical background in current thinking about educational theory and practice. Committed to a progressive stance, students learn to follow children’s thinking and learning through inquiry based teaching. Observation and documentation over the child’s school life are at the core of teaching practice. Teaching is not only a profession but understood to be an art form—ever in the making, never finished, always in response to the individual child and children in a particular setting.