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Randolph College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program recognized for national excellence

Kate Thornhill '16 M.A.T. teaches her elementary school class.

Kate Thornhill ’16 M.A.T. teaches her elementary school class.

Randolph College is one of 16 schools from 10 states and the District of Columbia earning national accreditation for its educator preparation programs this year.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced the decision.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider and provides opportunities for continuous improvement to programs committed to excellence.”

The spring 2017 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 50 the total number of providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards—rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.

Randolph College’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is an affordable graduate, hands-on program that prepares its students to teach in one year. M.A.T. candidates learn to teach through authentic experiences in schools and on campus taught by experienced and qualified faculty. In 2016, Randolph’s M.A.T. program had a 100 percent job placement rate.

2017 Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) graduates

2017 Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) graduates

“Randolph graduates are strong in content knowledge and in knowing how to use research to provide a rich learning environment, and lead schools to meet the educational needs of all students,” said Randolph education professor Peggy Schimmoeller. “Moreover, our candidates work to promote equitable practices. The CAEP commissioners verified the we offer a quality program that is enriched by multiple community partnerships, and that our candidates improve student achievement when they complete our program and enter classrooms.

“Most important is that this highlights the strength of our students and of our graduates,” she added. “They should be proud of all the effort and time they dedicate to becoming excellent teachers.”

CAEP is the sole accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system, including many grandfathered into accreditation under former standards.

For more information about Randolph’s M.A.T. program, please visit For more information about CAEP and accreditation requirements, visit

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