The College of Education has received accreditation from the nationally-recognized Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation — one of only two universities in Kansas to do so.

It’s based on rigorous standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs, and means students have received an education that prepares them to succeed in teaching in a diverse range of classrooms when they graduate.

Pittsburg State had to pass peer review on five standards which are based on two principles: 1. Solid evidence that graduates are competent and caring educators, and 2. Solid evidence that faculty have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

Dean James Truelove said students and instructors should be proud of the work they’re doing that helped the university achieve the accreditation.

“We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher prep program and this validates the hard work we are doing,” he said. “The bottom line is that our students and their families are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for teacher preparation.”