Accreditation by external agencies assures a high-quality educator preparation program based on established standards and committed to continuous improvement.  The UIW Teacher Education Program is proud to maintain state accreditation and is currently pursuing national accreditation.  For more information about the Teacher Education Program’s accreditation efforts, please contact the Director of Teacher Education, Dr. Elda Martinez, by phone at 210-832-3297 and email at

State Accreditation

The UIW Dreeben School of Education offers degree programs to prepare Texas teachers.  Graduates of the UIW Teacher Education Program meet state licensure requirements established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  The Dreeben School of Education was first accredited by the TEA in January 1973 and maintains accreditation.  The most recent Continuing Approval Compliance Audit was conducted in December 2015.  The Teacher Education Program’s next program review will be conducted in 2021-2022.  Accreditation ratings are issued annually and are available on the TEA Accountability System for Educator Preparation webpage.


2019-2020 TEA Rating:  Due to the governor's declaration of disaster on March 13, 2020, in accordance with Texas Government Code, §418.014, all EPPs shall be assigned a status of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

National Accreditation

The UIW Dreeben School of Education is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Teacher Education Program is working toward accreditation under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in November 2021.