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Published: October 22, 2021

UT’s Department of Education Recognized for Leadership in Continuous Improvement

The University of Tampa’s Department of Education has recently received the 2021 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP Members"This is a testament to the collective efforts of the entire department, including our part-time faculty and community partners, and their commitment to excellence in educator preparation through purposeful practices based on data-driven decisions," says Colleen Beaudoin.

UT is one of 26 institutions that were recognized this year by CAEP for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement in educator preparation. All recipients provided evidence with demonstrated data trends to achieve accreditation with no stipulations or areas for improvement. The 2021 recipients were all granted accreditation by CAEP at an initial level the previous year.

Educator preparation programs selected for recognition advance equity and excellence in educator preparation through the purposeful use of self-study procedures and evidence-based reporting that assure quality and support continuous improvement to strengthen learning from Pre-K through 12th grade.

“The Department of Education is honored to receive this recognition. I would like to thank Tony Erben, professor of education and TESOL coordinator, and Gina Almerico, professor of education and director of educator preparation programs, for their leadership," said Colleen Beaudoin, chair of the Department of Education. "This is a testament to the collective efforts of the entire department, including our part-time faculty and community partners, and their commitment to excellence in educator preparation through purposeful practices based on data-driven decisions. This important work empowers UT graduates and gives them the skills to make a positive impact on the lives of their future students.” 

Frank Murray was the founding president of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and TEAC. CAEP accreditation serves the dual purposes of accountability and continuous improvement.


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