CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education has received reaccreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the South Carolina Department of Education.

The continued accreditation includes Clemson’s early childhood, elementary, middle-level, secondary, agricultural and special education teacher preparation programs; master’s level programs in literacy, teaching and learning and special education; and principal and superintendent preparation programs.

“Clemson’s efforts to maintain the highest quality in teacher, advanced teaching and school leadership preparation have been confirmed by this reaccreditation,” said Kathy Headley, interim director and associate dean for the School of Education. “NCATE’s rigorous standards ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach diverse learners and have a positive impact on students in the schools in which they teach and lead.”

“The accreditation is a reflection of the expertise of our faculty, the excellence of our student body and the partnerships we share with schools, communities and agencies,” said Larry Allen, dean of Clemson’s College of Health, Education and Human Development. “We are exceedingly proud of this continued accreditation.”

Constant program evaluation and improvement is key, added Michalann Evatt, the School of Education’s assessment and accreditation director. “We continually reflect on our candidates’ performance in coursework and clinical experiences and feedback from our candidates, alumni, employers and school partners.  In this way, we can provide the best experiences for our graduates so that they can make a positive impact on students’ lives,” she said.

The state of South Carolina recognizes the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education  as the professional accrediting body for teacher and school leader preparation programs. The council recently merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which will review the School of Education again in 2020.

With approximately 1,200 undergraduate and graduates students, the Eugene T. Moore School of Education trains teachers, counselors and leaders for preschool–12 schools; prepares counselors for community practice; trains faculty, administrators and student affairs professionals for careers in higher education; and prepares training and development specialists for business and industry.

One of the largest teacher training programs in South Carolina, the school is named for the late Eugene T. Moore, a 1949 Clemson graduate from Lake City who committed his adult life to education as a teacher, coach and principal. Through a generous endowment gift from Moore’s daughter and son-in-law, Darla Moore and Richard Rainwater, the School of Education became the Eugene T. Moore School of Education.