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McPherson College Teacher Education Program Receives Accreditation

The teacher education program at McPherson College received national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) as well as state accreditation from the Kansas State Board of Education after program reviews earlier this year.

CAEP is a professional accreditor focused on accrediting teacher education programs at colleges and universities in the United States. It sets the national standards in teacher education and granted McPherson College full accreditation through 2028. The state accreditation status is valid through June 30, 2029

“Receiving full accreditation from CAEP and KSDE validates the quality of our program,” said Shane Kirchner, professor and chair of the teacher education program. “This process helps ensure that the future teachers we prepare are ready for the challenges they will encounter in the classroom.”

Dr. Kirchner, along with Dr. Vicki Schmidt and Professor April Counts, M.A.Ed., M.A., comprise the teacher education program.

The program at McPherson College offers licensure in 16 areas. The college also offers an accelerated program to incoming freshmen that leads to a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction degrees with licensure in K-6 and endorsement of either ESOL or special education completed in as little as four years.

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