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PARKERSBURG, WV —The education program at West Virginia University at Parkersburg has received continuing accreditation status from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, school officials announced this week.

In a letter to WVU-P President Dr. Marie Foster Gnage, NCATE President James G. Cibulka stated, "This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community

WVU Parkersburg offers a bachelor of arts in elementary education. The program emphasizes the practical model, which focuses on the theoretical, development and technological aspects of the knowledge base that are prerequisites to the daily demands required to be a professional educator in a school environment.

 The program is based on the premise that the best place for future teachers to learn is in public school classrooms. For this reason, the field experiences component of the program requires students to begin working in classrooms from their first education course during the freshman year. As the student works through the coursework associated with the program, more and more time is spent in the public school.

WVU-P's education program has been in existence since 1991. Approximately 15 to 18 students graduate from the program each semester, and approximately 83 percent of graduates from the 2011-2012 academic year were reported to be employed within their field.