Overview

The School of Urban Education at The University of Tulsa
Continuous Improvement Institutional Report

The School of Urban Education, located in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, presents this accreditation website as a foundational guide to the implementation of national and state standards which assure consistent quality in each of the undergraduate and advanced teacher preparation programs at the University.   The School of Urban Education has aligned its mission with the University’s core values of excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character and commitment to humanity.

From its earliest inception in 1821 as the first Indian Mission School for girls in Indian Territory, the University’s first standard has been to provide quality education for future generations. The University of Tulsa (TU) is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE).  

The teacher preparation programs at TU are currently accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which has now been merged with the Council for the Accreditation Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teacher preparation programs that are fully accredited by their national professional accrediting associations are: Deaf Education, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Exercise and Sports Sciences, and the 5 year Master of Science program in Speech- Language Pathology. The School of Urban Education offers 3 master’s degrees: (M.Ed.) Master of Education for initial certification; (MTA) Master of Teaching Arts; (M.S.M.S.E.) Master of Science in Math and Science Education. There is no doctoral program.

State recognition of TU’s teacher preparation programs is through Oklahoma's partnership between CAEP and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality Accountability (OEQA), formerly the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP). Programs are aligned with Oklahoma’s State Competencies for Certification, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards (InTASC) developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the laws and policies of the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and the elements of the Teacher Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Evaluation Model.

The administration of the University and the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences joins the faculty, students and staff of the School of Urban Education to welcome the state accreditation team scheduled to visit the campus in April 2015.  The unit has included numerous artifacts as evidence of the quality inherent in the teacher preparation programs at The University of Tulsa. These exhibits are arranged for convenient access by the visiting accreditation team and, further, to serve as resources to guide future Continuous Improvement at TU’s School of Urban Education.