Two BU education programs recognized nationally

BLOOMSBURG – Two teacher-preparation programs at Bloomsburg University have been awarded the designation “national recognition” by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) for meeting high professional standards.

BU’s master’s-level reading program was recognized by the International Reading Association through CAEP’s Specialized Program Association. CAEP also gave the designation “national recognition” to BU’s mid-level education program, which prepares future educators to teach students in fourth through eighth grades, through the Association for Mid Level Education.

Programs that receive CAEP’s “national recognition” designation meet documented professional standards.

Two other BU programs – special education and English – maintained their national recognition through the Specialized Program Association process.

This is the first time BU’s reading and mid-level programs received this designation.

The International Reading Association (IRA) is a nonprofit, global network committed to worldwide literacy.

As a specialized professional association, IRA reviews advanced programs that prepare students for careers in reading education, specifically reading specialists and literacy coaches.

The Association for Mid Level Education is an international organization dedicated to advancing the education of students ages 10 to 15.

CAEP is the successor to a former accrediting association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).