The UC Riverside Graduate School of Education (GSOE) and University Extension Department of Education (UNEX) have received a full five-year accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The accreditation was based on a thorough review of the institutional self-study; additional supporting documents available during the visit; interviews with administrators, faculty, candidates, graduates, and local school personnel; and education leaders in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, along with additional information requested from program leadership during the visit.

Hundreds of interviews were conducted. The committee concluded that all core standards were fully met and that 16 of the 17 program standards were fully met. One program requires more documentation to conclusively demonstrate that it meets the newest state standards.

“We are pleased that the team recognized so many of what we see as our own strengths,” said Dean Steven Bossert. “For instance, our outreach efforts, our collaborations, our student diversity, and our broad recruitment across socio-economic and geographic boundaries.”

The final report states that the “UCR Teacher Education Program provides comprehensive and rigorous courses of study for all teacher candidates.

“Evidence collected, including documents, interviews and surveys, provide the rationale for the recommendation of full accreditation.” It also adds that the “University of California staff is to be commended for having adhered to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing timelines throughout the accreditation process.” The Common Standards were met and Program Standards for all credential and certificate programs were met, with the exception of Multiple Subject/ Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) emphasis standards.

“Unfortunately the visiting team did not feel that the documentation for this program was sufficiently complete,” said Dean Bossert.

“However, this feedback was helpful, and we have already begun redesigning the program documents to better describe how our curriculum matches the newest standards. The interviews conducted with students, teachers and employers also indicate that our students are highly qualified to train teachers to work with English learners,” he added.

The committee reported that “all faculty are knowledgeable, sensitive to, and able to serve their diverse community effectively,” and has asked that the school submit documentation on the Multiple Subject BCLAD program within one year.

“I was glad that the review team recognized the value of the partnership between the Graduate School of Education and UCR Extension, and the different constituent groups that we serve,” said Sharon Duffy, acting dean of the UCR Extension.

Both the federal government and the states use accreditation as an indication of the quality of education offered by American schools and colleges.

At the state level, California allows colleges and universities that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (the recognized regional accrediting agency for California) to grant degrees without the review and approval of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE).

All professional education certificate programs in California (teachers, counselors, administrators) are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

At the federal level, colleges and universities must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education in order for it or its students to receive federal funds.