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Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology Receives CAEP Reaffirmation of Accreditation

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The Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology at TESU has earned reaffirmation of accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for the school’s Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Leadership program. The accreditation status is effective through Spring 2029.

No stipulations or areas of improvement (AFIs) were identified by the accreditation agency, which reflects the quality of work submitted to CAEP.

“The CAEP accreditation signifies that a rigorous, nationally recognized quality benchmark has been met by the school. It is also validation of the program’s recent curriculum enhancements that reflect our focus on continuous improvement,” noted Cynthia Baum, PhD, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the university. “We commend the school’s staff, students and course mentors for their contributions to this achievement.”

Offered completely online, the MA degree in Educational Leadership program is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders and prepares students for the New Jersey Principal and School Administrator endorsements.

Recent innovations in the program’s curriculum include the creation of the Ed Leadership Network, providing students with a dynamic learning community and expanded opportunities to develop real-life connections to their coursework. A library of simulations tied to course content and professional development webinars as well as access to mentors and professionals in the educational leadership field are available to students through the network.

“Our Ed Leadership Network provides an opportunity for students to interact with others in their chosen discipline,” said Tara E. Kent, PhD, associate dean and director of Undergraduate Studies in the school. “It offers access to career opportunities and enables them to participate in shared learning experiences. Those program enhancements were acknowledged by the accreditation team and will allow our students to develop the skills to drive purposeful change in educationally diverse environments.”

According to its website, CAEP became fully operational in 2013 and is now the sole national accrediting body for educator preparation programs. Education providers seeking accreditation must meet high standards and provide programs that prepare students to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms. The CAEP accrediting body was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) – through which the school’s MA program was previously accredited.

To learn more about the University’s MA in Educational Leadership program, visit