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Chronicle of Higher Education

K-12 Teachers Alliance College Partners Named Fastest growing in US, according to Chronicle of Higher Education

Once again, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education August 29th, 2018 issue, two K-12 Teachers Alliance (KTA) partner institutions were named in the top twenty for fastest growing non-profit Master’s programs in the country.


The two schools are Concordia St Paul and Concordia Texas.

Concordia St Paul

Campus location: Saint Paul, MN

Founded: 1893

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission
  • Approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching
  • National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Concordia University Texas

Campus location: Austin, TX

Founded: 1926

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Texas Education Agency

In August 2017, in addition to Concordia University St. Paul and Concordia University Texas, Concordia University Irvine was also recognized as one of the fastest growing non-profit Master’s programs in the country.

Concordia University Irvine

Campus location: Irvine, CA

Founded: 1976

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501)
  • Approved program provider by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

The August 2016 Almanac article acknowledges two other KTA partners recognized as the fastest growing. These include Concordia University Chicago and American international College.

Concordia University Chicago

Campus location: River Forest, IL

Founded: 1864

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Member of North Central Association

American International College

Campus location: Springfield, MA

Founded: 1885

Accreditation and Approvals:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification member

Of the K-12 Teachers Alliance’s 19 partner institutions, almost all of them rank nationally for their tremendous growth. Many of those institutions not on the top 20 list have also witnessed the most significant enrollment growth in their history since partnering with KTA.

We are extremely proud to have helped our partner institutions grow so profoundly as they are excellent non-profit, accredited private institutions ranging from small to mid-sized,” said Founder and Chairman Spencer A. Barnard, Jr. Hon. Ed.D. “Bringing together our fine K-12 member educators with such wonderful institutions has been a great professional joy.”

According to Joe Mroz, Executive Vice-President of University Relations, this trend in enrollment growth is just a happy byproduct, rather than the goal, of the KTA mission.

What is so interesting is that, as an organization, creating sustained controlled enrollment growth for colleges was never our aim and never will be; but rather, since our founding, our mission is to serve the needs of K-12 teachers,” Mroz said. “One of those needs has always been quality graduate degree programs. It was in providing this service [to teachers] that we partnered with a college in the first place.”

Mroz went on to explain how that initial partnership has grown.

In further service of our school teachers, we developed and later perfected our graduate information, logistical and processing services to help our partner colleges seamlessly accommodate the significant number of new graduate students our membership was creating,” Mroz explained.

KTA fosters loyalty among educators, both in regard to selection of graduate schools and in other respects, through its unwavering commitment to service. We have hosted hundreds of events in public, private and charter school buildings across the country in the last year alone. Our field personnel regularly meet with K-12 educators in rural, urban and suburban areas in more than 24 states. They have one singular job...to listen to their needs!

Growth among K-12 Teachers Alliance membership continues to expand exponentially, as demonstrated through the Chronicle's report. The membership and community is so large now that the K-12 Alliance has reopened our search for further graduate schools of education to accommodate their need.

Through our partnership with high quality non-profit colleges and universities, we are able to meet the complex needs of teachers in rural and urban areas in multiple formats across an entire state. KTA does not offer curriculum, academic advising or financial aid. All these aspects remain the responsibility of the partner institution and insure the highest quality programs available to the K-12 community. KTA maintains exclusive dedicated teams for each college partner at our expense. Teams are trained by the college to gather all the documentation required, processing and delivering decision-ready applicants for the college’s consideration.

K-12 Teachers Alliance contracts are only one year and renewed upon mutual agreement, creating a partnership culture of mutual service to K-12 educators. In partnership with KTA, there is contractually no financial risk for an institution, as the organization is not compensated for logistical or processing work performed. We carefully consider a college before selection, because our contracts are exclusive by program and geography. Once a partner is selected, they become the only school that KTA represents at their array of hosted events, as well as on its publications and websites for those particular programs.


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