If you’re in the process of researching an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program, you already know there’s a lot of information to digest. You need a high-quality program which will adequately prepare you to teach, while providing required certification and making you competitive in the job market.
With all this to consider, along with your own personal goals and needs, you may not be giving much thought to the assorted accreditation-related acronyms you’re encountering. Or maybe you have attempted to decipher them, only to find a mix of information that seems bureaucratic, not practical and relevant.
Ultimately, it’s good to have a basic grasp of what it means for a program to be accredited, to help you make the most informed choice. You’re about to make a substantial investment of time and money, so it’s important to work with as much information as possible.