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UMW receives accreditation for educator preparation.

June 8, 2016

CAEP is the national accrediting body for educator preparation in the United States.

“We are pleased with the CAEP accreditation and their overall findings, which indicate that Montana Western remains Montana’s premier teaching institution,” Interim Provost Sylvia Moore said.

Officials from CAEP visited the Montana Western campus over the course of two days in October 2015 to conduct interviews with administration, faculty and staff.

“Maintaining this prestigious national accreditation helps ensure that Montana Western is preparing the best possible educators for prekindergarten-12 schools,” Professor of Education Delena Norris-Tull said. “The rigorous CAEP standards require that the faculty of UMW continuously reflect on the success of graduates and improve our programs where needed.”

The University of Montana Western graduates approximately 120 to 140 educators for prekindergarten-12 schools each year.

Recent data from the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education show that over 80 percent of Montana Western’s education graduates obtain work in Montana within the first year of graduating.

“During the site visit, the two lead reviewers commented that they had never seen such a level of care for students by both faculty and staff and that Experience One has created a strongly student-centered campus,” Norris-Tull said.