Seven University of Wyoming College of Education academic programs received the highest possible rating during comprehensive national program reviews conducted as part of the college’s 2016 re-accreditation process.

The early childhood education minor/endorsement program; educational leadership, master’s degree program; educational leadership, doctoral degree program; English as a second language certificate program; secondary mathematics education; secondary modern languages education; and secondary science education programs each received the “National Recognition” designation from their respective Specialized Professional Associations, according to a UW news release.

Each program submitted a comprehensive report, written by faculty and administrators, describing and documenting student accomplishments related to program-specific curriculum standards.

“The process of program review by the relevant SPAs is a rigorous one for our programs that lead to licensure by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board,” says Leslie Rush, associate dean of undergraduate programs in the UW College of Education in a statement. “Our faculty members have aligned their curricula with content-specific standards, collected data to support our understanding of candidate learning, and systematically used those data to constantly improve our programs. We’re excited that the hard work of the faculty has resulted in positive outcomes, both for our programs and for our students.”

These programs join others in the College of Education that have previously received the “National Recognition” designation from SPAs or program approval through review performed by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board, including the undergraduate English education program and the Master of Arts in special education degree program.

Each SPA body defines review criteria based on standards set by its respective governing organization. For example, the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


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