Loras College received formal approval from the Iowa Board of Education for its teacher education preparation program. Teacher education preparation programs are rigorously evaluated by the State Board of Education every seven years. Loras was not only incompliance with the state’s standards, but was commended by the state for adopting a model of continuous improvement.
“In preparation for the reaccreditation process, the faculty and community educators reviewed and revised the curricula to better integrate special education coursework, to increase the amount and quality of time students spend in schools, and to create a capstone experience for students during their student teaching semester,” explains Mary Ellen Carroll
, associate vice president of Academic Affairs and director of experiential learning.
Since the program has met Iowa’s Standards for Practitioner Preparation, the next full accreditation visit won’t take place until the 2018-2019 academic year. “The Loras administration is very proud of and thankful to the faculty, staff, students and community members who participated in the accreditation process this past year,” said Carroll.
“We especially want to acknowledge our school partners who provide classroom opportunities for our students at all levels of our teacher education program. Classroom teachers give generously of their time and expertise to mentor the next generation of teachers into the profession. This support is essential to the success of our program and we are very grateful for these partnerships with preK-12 schools in the Dubuque area and beyond,” said Education Division Chair, Rebecca Monhardt.