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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 28, 2005

State Re-Approves UI Teacher Education Programs

The Iowa Board of Education has re-approved the University of Iowa's teacher education programs for at least another five years.

Every five years the board re-evaluates programs through which students can be recommended for licensure as elementary, secondary or special education teachers in the state, as well as for such secondary education content areas as science education, English education and foreign language education.

The process requires the university to document whether and to what extent its programs are meeting Iowa Department of Education expectations in 12 areas, including governance, facilities, resources, faculty, and candidate and program assessment, among others.

DOE personnel and faculty from other teacher preparation programs in the state then visit the university and issue a report on their findings to the state Board of Education for approval.

The Board of Education approved the UI programs Nov. 16.

"This is a rigorous process intended to assure teacher quality across the state," said Linda Fielding, UI associate dean for teacher education. "Iowa's strong reputation as a teacher preparation program is also indicated by the number of graduates who are hired outside of the state -- for example, in Illinois, Texas and California."

The UI College of Education enrolls about 750 undergraduates in its teacher education program, and offers certification in elementary education and licensure in the secondary school disciplines of art, music, English, science, social science, mathematics and foreign languages.

An additional 850 students are enrolled in the college's more than 27 graduate-level programs, which prepare students for careers as K-12 and community college teachers, special education teachers, counselors, testing specialists and other positions. Graduate degree programs include counseling education, counseling psychology, school psychology, rehabilitation counseling, art education, elementary science education, educational administration and many other specialty areas.

More information about the UI teacher education program may be found online at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/teach/.

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