This is the first online institution to be accredited under CAEP’s new standards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2017
Washington, DC – TEACH-NOW (www.teach-now.com) announced that it has received full and unconditional seven-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation signals that all TEACH-NOW programs (including the master’s degrees) meet all five of CAEP’s rigorous standards. TEACH-NOW is the first online teacher preparation institution to receive this accreditation.
The new accreditation confirms TEACH-NOW’s focus on the quality of its teacher preparation programs. It further validates that the TEACH-NOW innovative activities-based, cohort-based, collaborative model meets the highest standards of the teacher education profession.
“This is a turning point in our company’s mission” said Emily Feistritzer, TEACH-NOW founder and CEO. “Future teachers will see our CAEP accreditation as additional credibility of our already successful model of teacher preparation, including the impact we have on placing our candidates in teaching jobs around the world.”
The tech-centric curriculum requires candidates to learn to use various types of digital tools. Phil Schmidt, President of TEACH-NOW and former Vice President and leader of the Teachers College at Western Governors University, says it is “the only online program” to combine all of the above features into “a dynamic learning experience that prepares candidates to teach the way today’s students learn.” Donna Gollnick, Chief Academic Officer and former Senior Vice President at the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, confirms that “our programs meet the rigorous requirements and high standards of both CAEP and the states.”
CAEP’s new 2013 rigorous and forward-looking standards, formed by a 40-person commission of stakeholders, including critics of teacher education programs, have challenged all educator preparation programs. Under these standards, programs must present high-quality valid and reliable evidence of candidate, completer, and employer satisfaction; the effective impact of candidates on student learning; completer retention in the profession; and continuous, broad-based program evaluation and improvement.
Dr. C. Emily Feistritzer, a nationally recognized leader in teacher education and certification, began TEACH-NOW in 2011, determined to revolutionize the way teachers are educated. Her knowledge and long involvement in teacher education drove her to create more innovative forward-looking teacher preparation and master’s degree programs. The centerpiece of TEACH-NOW is its “collaborative, activity-based learning” methodology. Teacher candidates learn online by doing projects together under the direction and supervision of an instructor and in the actual classroom environment with their mentors.
Since inception TEACH-NOW has broken records for enrolling male teacher education candidates. Males comprise 42% of TEACH-NOW enrollees. In addition, 45% of TEACH-NOW enrollees are teacher candidates of color. These statistics are significant advances in attracting males and people of color into teaching. Currently, 82% of teachers in the U.S. are white and female.
Alumni surveys indicate that nearly 90% of TEACH-NOW graduates are teaching, and the same percentage say they expect to be teaching in five years. Ninety-four percent of enrollees complete the program. Ninety-six percent of respondents indicate they would recommend TEACH-NOW to others.
TeachNow, Inc. (“TEACH-NOW” DBA Educatore School of Education) is an accredited online institution of higher education that focuses on teacher education programs that allow candidates from around the world to obtain a teaching license and/or a master’s degree in a fast, flexible, and affordable way combining online and in-classroom practice. It was nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Council (DEAC) in January, 2017.
Visit teach-now.com or call 844-283-2246 to learn more.