TEP BPE Letter

Office of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau, State Superintendent

Office of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
406.444.0169 (TTY)

October 17, 2016

Dr. Alison Harmon, Dean
College of Education, Health, and Human Development
Montana State University
PO Box 172940
Bozeman, MT 59717-2940

Dear Dr. Harmon:

This letter officially confirms the action taken by the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE) on May 1 1, 2016, granting approval and Regular Accreditation Status through 2022 of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the College of Education, Health, and Human Development (EHHD) at Montana State University (MSU).

The BPE sets policy for the approval of Montana professional educator preparation providers (EPPs) and all endorsement programs offered by each EPP. The purpose of the joint Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Montana site visit was verification of the MSU EHHD Institutional Report meeting the Montana Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards, accordingly, ensuring compliance with the Administrative Rules of Montana, Chapter 10.58.

On behalf of the BPE Chair Carroll and State Superintendent Juneau, I wish to commend you, Dr. Harmon and Dr. Downey, for your leadership and robust vision of excellence. Along with the MSU collaborative team, you demonstrate an abiding commitment and drive to improve educator preparation at MSU, in Montana, and the nation. The TEP is to be commended for fostering ongoing partnerships on campus with other programs that prepare educators for content
areas and off campus with area districts, schools, and educators. Congratulations for a job well done.

For further information, please contact me by telephone at 406-444-5726, or by email at [email protected].

Linda Vrooman Peterson, Ph.D.

cc: Dr. Jayne Downey, Former Head, Department of Education, MSU
Dr. Tricia Seifert, Head, Department of Education, MSU
Nancy Coopersmith, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Public Instruction

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