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Published on December 8th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Benedict College Exceeds the Rigorous Standards for Teacher Education

Meet the faculty in the Benedict College School of Education; Dr. Sue Sadik, Dr. Tracy Middleton, Dr. Damara Hightower, Ms. Mamie Shippy, Dr. LaShaune Smith-Brisbon, and Dr. Betty Stukes with Mr. Craig King, Director of Governmental Relations, Palmetto State Teachers Association,  who was the guest speaker for American Education Week.

National Accreditation awarded through 2022 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

 (Columbia, SC) – Benedict College recently received reaffirmation of accreditation for its Teacher Education programs through 2022 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. CAEP is currently the single specialized accreditation system in the United States with more than 840 programs participating in the system.

According to the Board of Examiners’ report submitted by the site reviewers, Benedict College Educator Preparation programs exceeded the rigorous NCATE standards. “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,” noted Dr. Damara Hightower, Dean of the School of Education. “Not only do I believe Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) have a leadership role to play in addressing the issues, but Benedict College’s historical commitment to producing stellar teachers dictates that we have a moral imperative to do so.”

The School of Education extends the mission of the Institution by producing educators who are “powers for good in schools and communities.” With extensive experiential learning opportunities through field experiences and service learning projects prior to student teaching, students are oriented to act as advocates for social justice and trained to use culturally-responsive pedagogy to serve the educational needs of all children.  As a testament to the caliber of educators Benedict College produces, it is not uncommon for Benedict graduates to be among those recognized as Teacher of the Year for their schools and districts. Many have gone on to become administrators, teacher leaders, and professors.

The College offers initial licensure programs in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Designed to lead to dual certification, both programs are nationally recognized and meet their respective Specialized Professional Association standards.

More information about Benedict College Educator Preparation:
http://www.benedict.edu/cms/?q=teacher_education

More information about CAEP:

http://caepnet.org/

About Benedict College- www.Benedict.edu 

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational arts institution and home to over 2,100 students in its 33 baccalaureate degree programs.   The College, affiliated with the Baptist Church, is located on 220 acres nestled in the heart of Columbia, SC.  Over the last seven years, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly for creating social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. Benedict has high-quality programs of teaching, research, and public service. Benedict recently received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center for encouraging students to give back to the community. Benedict has over 17,000 proud alumni throughout the nation. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for over 147 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with a local annual economic impact of over $130 million.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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