Continuing its commitment to help teachers expand their own educational opportunities and those of their students, American InterContinental University (AIU) today announced new programmatic accreditation and new pricing for its Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in elementary and secondary education.

Designed to fit teachers' career goals and their budget, the M.Ed. degrees in elementary and secondary education are now offered at an affordable tuition price of $15,000. 1 Additionally, accreditation for AIU's online M.Ed. program under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) quality principles has been reaffirmed through 2018, and the M.Ed. specializations in elementary and secondary education now are also TEAC-accredited.

"At AIU, it's our goal to deliver what teachers are looking for not only in terms of a specialized curriculum and flexible online programs but also from a pricing and value perspective," said Dr. Jeannette Jones, University Dean of Education at AIU. "The new accreditation also serves as a mark of quality, as our students will know that the program has been held to the rigorous and comprehensive TEAC evaluation standards."

AIU's Master of Education program was among the first fully online programs to receive TEAC accreditation when it received its initial accreditation in 2013. Providers accredited under the TEAC Quality Principles, as well as those accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

"Seeking accreditation is a signal of a provider's commitment to continuous improvement and P12 student impact and learning," said Stevie Chepko, Senior Vice President of Accreditation for CAEP. "The awarding of national accreditation is predicated on years of data collection and analysis, leading to evidence-based decision-making - all to improve teacher education. Any program that takes this on should be applauded."

To further support educators, the University also has launched a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org to help teachers fund college and career preparation activities for students. AIU's "Double Your Impact" match offer with DonorsChoose.org supports qualifying projects in 6 th - 12 th-grade public school classrooms where the needs are greatest. When designated projects reach 50 percent of their funding goal, AIU matches the total contribution, up to a total of $35,000. In the past 15 years, DonorsChoose.org has funded more than 660,000 projects to reach nearly 17 million students from coast to coast.

"We are delighted to partner with AIU to support college and career prep classroom projects, said Kristina Joye Lyles, Partnership Manager at DonorsChoose.org. "This generous contribution to teachers will ensure that students will receive the resources they need to excel beyond the classroom."

Designed by teachers for teachers, AIU's M.Ed. programs in elementary and secondary education are among the few M.Ed. programs to integrate adaptive learning throughout the entire curriculum, provide a more personal and efficient learning experience through the university's proprietary adaptive learning technology, intelli path™. 2

"With our TEAC-accredited M.Ed. programs, teachers can complete the degree they need to take their career to the next level while juggling the demands of their own students and their busy lives outside of the classroom," said Dr. Jones.

About American InterContinental University

Founded in Europe in 1970, American InterContinental University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs such as business, healthcare, IT, criminal justice and education at campuses in Atlanta and Houston and an Internet-based online campus headquartered in suburban Chicago. AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org. AIU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.aiuniv.edu/disclosures.

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at 68 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.9 million people have donated $380 million to projects that inspire them. Over 16 million students—most from low-income communities and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. Learn more at  www.donorschoose.org/.

About The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

1. AIU's elementary and secondary education online M.Ed. programs are post-licensure programs and thus require a current teaching licensure upon matriculation. The $15,000 tuition excludes fees and assumes a student will be continuously enrolled, and satisfactorily completes all program requirements for graduation. The tuition cost will increase due to academic failure of courses and or withdrawals and drops. AIU reserves the right to make changes at any time to the amount of tuition and fees, such as a technology and graduation fee as set forth in the Enrollment Agreement and University Catalog. The tuition costs at other institutions may vary based on tuition and fee policies, delivery modality, online, ground, or hybrids and the student's state of residence.

2. Eduventures Inc. research, "Adaptive Learning Memo," and American InterContinental University research, "Adaptive Learning Online M.Ed. Competitive Audit," June 2015

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