The School of Education and Psychology and the School of Social Work are both celebrating recent accomplishments in accreditation.
Southern’s teacher education and school counseling programs received full accreditation on both the undergraduate and graduate levels from the Tennessee Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
NCATE approved full accreditation with no areas for improvement, a designation given to about 2.5 percent of the colleges examined every year. Special recognition was given by NCATE to two areas—assessment and governance.
Southern’s Master of Social Work program has been granted official candidacy status from the Council on Social Work Education, putting the program on the path to full accreditation. The program began in the fall of 2010 with more than 50 students enrolled.
“Program specific accreditation is an important process to identify academic quality and areas needing improvement,” says Vice President for Academic Administration Bob Young. “We are grateful to God and the faculty and leadership of these academic areas for the outstanding outcome.”