The academic programs of the School of Education are authorized by the State of Michigan's Department of Education (MDE), the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and, for our Early Childhood Education Center, by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The School of Education's teacher certification and professional development efforts are presently approved by the Michigan Department of Education. All its programs have passed --- and will continue to be subject to the ongoing approval of -- the Michigan Department of Education. This required approval enables us to offer programs and make recommendations resulting in state-issued certification of teachers and in the state-issued endorsement of such certified teachers in any of a number of subject areas at the elementary and secondary level.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Teacher Education Program, which is designed to produce graduates who are knowledgeable in their content areas and their use of pedagogy with diverse learners and who are prepared to become caring and reflective professionals, is granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from 2012-2019. This accreditation certifies that the program has provided evidence that it adheres to TEACís quality principles.
Regarding the authorizing authority for the SOE's Early Childhood Education Center, the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC's) voluntary accreditation system has set standards for early childhood education programs and helped interested parties identify high-quality educational programs for young children. NAEYC fully recognizes the Early Childhood Education Center of UM-Dearborn's SOE.