Two BU education programs recognized nationally

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 21, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Two teacher-preparation programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 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 non-profit, 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).

For information on BU’s Master of Education in Reading, see; for information on undergraduate programs in the College of Education, see

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.