The School of Education at Haskell Indian Nations University has gained national accreditation, becoming the first teacher-education program at a tribal college to do so.
Haskell learned of its accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education last week, said Cheryl Chuckluck, Haskell’s dean of professional schools.
The education school, which was formed in 1994, already was accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education, but Chuckluck said the national accreditation will make it easier for graduating students to find teaching jobs in other states. That’s important, she said, because many Haskell students come from other parts of the nation.
The school, which trains elementary teachers, is growing. It graduated three students from its bachelor’s program in 2012, and nine are set to graduate this year, with eight more set for 2014.
The school was successful in its first application for national accreditation, Chuckluck said. The accreditation came after an application process and a site visit by NCATE officials. Haskell met all but one of six criteria for accreditation, which means officials will return in two years to ensure it has improved in the remaining area, assessments. Its accreditation would then be reviewed every five years afterward.
Chuckluck credited the school’s four faculty members, its students and the Lawrence and Eudora school districts, which allow Haskell students to serve as student teachers, for the new accreditation.