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Excelling Nationally is a Hallmark of the U of M College of Education University News
For release: August 3, 2009

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The University of Memphis has more nationally recognized programs in its College of Education than any other public university in Tennessee. Of the more than 60 four-year universities and colleges in the state, public and private, only Vanderbilt has more nationally recognized programs.

The U of M also is home to several programs that are the only ones in the state that are nationally recognized. They include Educational Leadership Building, Physical Education, Reading Education, and School Library / Media Specialist.

In addition to its being fully accredited, the College has received word from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the specialized professional associations that 15 of the College’s 17 programs have met their standards, which are above and beyond the standards set for overall college accreditation.

The NCATE recognition for the U of M’s individual programs was alluded to in its 2008 accreditation of the College of Education, when the NCATE report said that the College’s “particular strengths” were a positive factor in its accreditation.

The programs meeting the exacting requirements include:

Early Childhood, Advanced
Early Childhood, BSEd (bachelor of science in education)
Early Childhood, MAT (master of arts in teaching)
Educational Leadership Building Level
Elementary Education BSEd
Elementary Education MAT
Mathematics, Secondary MAT
Physical Education
Reading Education MS (master of science)
School Library / Media Specialist
School Psychology
Science, Secondary MAT
Social Studies, Secondary MAT
Special Education BSEd
Special Education MAT

The College of Education received its initial accreditation in 1954, the first year NCATE began its accreditation process. Its 2008 accreditation is valid until 2015, when the College will again be required to renew its accreditation.

More information about the University of Memphis College of Education is available online at

The College of Education boasts a distinguished faculty of 120 full-time scholars in four departments and 16 research centers, including one of the University’s 25 Centers of Excellence – the Center for Research in Educational Policy – in addition to the staff of the College’s laboratory schools: the Campus School, serving grades one through six, and the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute.

It is the oldest college at the University of Memphis and is one of Tennessee’s largest producers of certified teachers as well as professionals for careers in nutrition and dietetics, health and sports sciences, counseling, educational psychology, P-16 leadership, and educational research.

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