WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TEACH-NOW Educatore School of Education, a teacher preparation and graduate education degree-granting institution that combines online coursework and in-classroom experience, today announced that it has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The accreditation for all certification and degree programs is a milestone for a unique approach to teacher training whose popularity is growing at a time of declining enrollment at many traditional teacher training programs.
Accreditation by DEAC, a private, non-profit organization that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions, covers all distance education activities within an institution and provides a single source of nationally-recognized accreditation. In receiving this initial grant of accreditation, TEACH-NOW has demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability, and improvement in higher education. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency as well as an acknowledged member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Accreditation ensures that the academic programs provided by an institution of higher education meet the high levels of quality set by DEAC. Additionally, accreditation determines an institution's ability to participate in several financial student assistance programs including student loans and grants, Montgomery G.I. Bill, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, and Military Tuition Assistance Programs for Spouses (Career Advancement Accounts) and Active Duty Army Vocational courses (AVOTEC).
"Teaching is a collaborative profession, but most teacher education and certification programs are designed so that candidates work independently, focusing on knowledge acquisition. We've challenged that traditional model by creating collaborative, activities-based, technology-centric online programs," said Dr. Emily Feistritzer, Founder and CEO of TEACH-NOW. "TEACH-NOW prepares teachers to teach in the 21st century and accreditation by DEAC is a testimony to the success of our approach and the high-quality education we are providing to our students."
"Accreditation by DEAC is a critically important event for TEACH-NOW Educatore. It is the most important and widely recognized national accreditation available for institutions whose programs are delivered predominantly through distance learning," said Dr. Philip Schmidt, President of the Educatore School of Education.
TEACH-NOW offers a state-of-the-art curriculum through its global, virtual, classroom-based online program. Candidates work in cohorts of approximately 12 peers and an instructor through modules that include classroom simulations, readings, and video and digital activities. Throughout all TEACH-NOW programs, candidates work collaboratively with their peers, develop an understanding of the classroom, learn to use technology to effectively engage students, and practice proven pedagogical strategies for effective teaching.
Through the TEACH-NOW Educatore School of Education, students may choose either a 9-month teacher preparation program leading to a teaching certificate, transferable to any state, or a 12-month graduate program to earn a Master's in Education with a focus in either the globalization of education or education research. The master's degree program also includes the option of earning a teaching certificate during the 12-month program. Candidates in the TEACH-NOW Educatore program and the master's degree program with teacher preparation complete 200 hours of clinical practice in a school under the supervision of a school or virtual mentor.
"TEACH-NOW provided me with in-depth, supportive instruction and hands-on teaching experience that helped me become a licensed teacher while earning a Master's in Education," said Yakeema Blackstone, a public-school teacher in Washington, DC. "I wasn't just a number, but a part of a close-knit cohort of educators that shared ideas, experiences, and goals. The experience was truly phenomenal."
TEACH-NOW boasts a 93 percent program completion rate and nearly 100 percent of graduates who want to teach can do so through certification and placement assistance. TEACH-NOW graduates also consistently score above average on certification exams taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process, required by most states and professional licensing organizations.
About TEACH-NOW Educatore School of Education:
Founded in 2011, TEACH-NOW Educatore School of Education is a collaborative, activity-based, technology-centric teacher preparation program and degree-granting institution whose mission is to empower tomorrow's teachers for tomorrow's students in tomorrow's world. TEACH-NOW offers a nine-month post-baccalaureate teacher certification program and 12-month Master's in Education degree programs with a focus on either globalization of education or education research. TEACH-NOW boasts a 93 percent program completion rate and nearly 100 percent of graduates who want to teach can do so through certification and placement assistance. For more information, visit us at https://teach-now.com/.
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