By Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D., head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College.
Addie May Collins (age 14)
Carole Robertson (age 14)
Cynthia Wesley (age 14)
Denise McNair (age 11)
For many of us, these names are unknown. They are the four young African-American girls killed, with twenty-two others injured, in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963. This bombing took place only eighteen days after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in Washington D.C. and at the very beginning of integration efforts in Birmingham.
The National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the newly established educator accreditation organization, granted Ursuline’s Education Unit professional accreditation for its undergraduate and graduate education programs. Ursuline is one of six colleges in the country to receive this dual accreditation, which is valid until spring 2020.
“We are thrilled to be one of only a handful of educator preparation institutions in the country to have achieved this dual status. This recognition of our excellent programs reflects the quality of our graduates and their rigorous preparation for their places in the education community,” Jeanne Sternad, Ursuline Education Unit Executive Director, said.
This accreditation indicates that the College’s Education Unit meets the demanding standards set forth by the professional education community. It also means that Ursuline students are well prepared for state licensing standards and can compete with teachers anywhere in the United States.