(Sioux City, Iowa – 10/01/20) Briar Cliff University’s Teacher Preparation Program received unanimous approval for reaccreditation from the State of Iowa Board of Education on September 17.
Theresa Engle, Education Department Chair, stated, “BCU’s Teacher Preparation Program strives to provide quality of instruction, an exceptional learning environment, and continuous school improvement. The Education faculty and staff have worked relentlessly to make sure BCU’s Teacher Preparation Program utilizes best practices and meets or exceeds the state’s requirements.”
To maintain accreditation, Briar Cliff’s Teacher Preparation Program completed a rigorous internal review, as well as a four-day, on-site visit by a review team made up of seven members. This team was led by Larry Bice and Kris Kilibarda, Iowa Department of Education Administrative Consultants for Practitioner Preparation.
Teacher preparation has been a major part of Briar Cliff’s 90-year history. Secondary education courses were first taught in 1936 at the institution, with the State Board of Educational Examiners approving elementary teacher education in 1944. The culture of the Teacher Preparation Program is a combination of a proud tradition and a collaborative partnership in the Siouxland community.
The accreditation status of BCU’s Teacher Preparation Program extends for a full seven years and covers elementary, secondary and K-12 degrees, as well as 33 endorsements.