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Dr. Cathy Monteroso, left, and Dr. Sarah Schimmel smile after learning about CAEP certification.

WEST LIBERTY — The Council for Educator Preparation Accreditation recently announced that West Liberty University has received accreditation for its educator preparation programs.

“These institutions hold high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a wide range of classes upon graduation,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

“We are happy to have this accreditation for our students. It acts as a national stamp of approval and gives students the security of knowing they are enrolled in a quality program as they graduate,” said Dr. Cathy Monteroso, Acting Dean from the College of Education and Human Performance.

“I am grateful to Dr. Sarah Schimmel, our teacher training program director, for her attention to detail that made this possible,” she added.

Founded as West Liberty Academy in 1837, teacher preparation was WLU’s original focus. It was chartered as West Liberty Normal School in 1870, renamed West Liberty State Teachers College in 1931, and was accredited in 1937 by the American Association of Teachers Colleges.

As the institution grew, it became West Liberty State College, and in 2009 it was granted university status. It was the same year that the first master’s program started in education.

“West Liberty has long been known for its College of Education and we are proud of our faculty and I thank them all for their work. This accreditation shows that we continue to set the highest bar for our programs,” said Monteroso.

CAEP was created by the merger of the National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education and the Accreditation Council for Teacher Education and CAEP is the only nationally recognized accrediting body for the preparation of educators. It aims to improve the performance of all institutions focused on preparing educators.

Educator preparation providers who seek accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and that the provider’s educator staff have the ability to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and improve the quality of the professional programs they offer.

WLU joins 58 other providers to receive accreditation this fall, bringing the total number to 281 CAEP-accredited providers from 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

WLU’s educator programs include elementary education, early intervention, and special education.

Content area programs include Art, Music, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Health are housed in their respective Academic Units in conjunction with the Education Program for teachers.

The Master of Arts in Education offers advanced certifications in Reading Specialist and Multi-Category Special Education with Autism. For complete information about WLU’s College of Education, please contact Monteroso at cmonteroso@westliberty.edu or call 304-336-8047.

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