Bagwell College of Education meets profession’s standards receives professional accreditation

Kennesaw State University’s teacher education programs‚ both within and outside the Bagwell…

Georgia (Apr 19, 2005) — Bagwell College of Education meets profession’s standards receives professional accreditation

Karen Kennedy

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

Kennesaw State University’s teacher education programs‚ both within and outside the Bagwell College of Education‚ have proven their commitment to producing quality teachers for Georgia’s and the nation’s children by achieving accreditation this month under the performance−oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Studies show that teacher quality is the most important factor in P−12 student achievement. But how do we know that teachers enter the classroom ready to help students learn? Professional accreditation is one way to ensure the public that colleges of education are graduating well−qualified teachers ready for today’s classrooms.

"The new NCATE standards require us to offer evidence of candidates’ subject matter expertise‚ as well as their skill in dealing with a diverse classroom population‚” said Bagwell College Dean Yiping Wan. “I am proud that our faculty are able to maintain the high performance levels demanded by these standards.”

Kennesaw State University is one of the largest and fastest−growing preparers of teachers in the state. Graduates across all of KSU’s teacher education programs have a 96.7 percent pass rate on the PRAXIS exam. The Bagwell College houses The Goizueta Foundation Chair in Early Childhood Education and was the recipient of a $1 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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