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Quezada Reappointed to Education Committee

Friday, June 1, 2012

A USD education professor has been reappointed to an important state committee on teacher credentialing and accreditation.

Reyes Quezada, professor of Teaching and Learning in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, was reappointed in April to the Committee on Accreditation (COA) by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A widely respected expert in the area of bilingual education and the needs of English learners, he will serve for four more years on the committee that helps oversee the accreditation and credentialing process to make sure that education programs for teachers meet the standards adopted by California.

Before joining USD, Quezada was an assistant professor at California State University, Stanislaus and the University of Redlands. Quezada earned his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at San Jose State University and went on to receive his Master of Education, Counselor Education at the University of San Diego. He also received his Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision at San Diego State University, an Educational Specialist Degree at Point Loma Nazarene University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University. After teaching elementary school, Quezada served as College Coordinator and Community College Counselor at the Butte County Office of Education where he oversaw the Migrant Mini-Corps Bilingual Teacher Assistant Program.

Members of the 12-member COA are responsible for understanding the accreditation framework and the standards for professional preparation that are developed and adopted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. COA members are responsible for understanding the accreditation framework and the standards for professional preparation that are developed and adopted by the Commission. In addition to approving new programs for teacher preparation, the COA coordinates an ongoing cycle of program accreditation.  A COA team conducts a site visit at each program institution.  These site visits include extensive review of program data and documentation, and interviews with faculty, program participants and graduates, administrators and public school personnel.   Following a site visit, a full report with accreditation recommendations is brought to the COA for final review and approval.  This accreditation process ensures programs are providing complete and effective training for future school personnel that meet the standards adopted by California for the preparation of credential candidates.

– Ann-Marie Auger-Andrews ‘12

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