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November 15, 2015

Accreditation can be defined as “to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.” (
Schools and organizations require accreditation in order to guarantee qualitative expectations are being met. As a certified teacher and Orton-Gillingham practitioner, I had to apply and obtain certification through two separate organizations. In each instance they required documentation to assert that I had completed fully accredited courses. This documentation informed both regulatory bodies, the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education and the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (CATT), that I met their standards and would be a suitable educator within the schools within B.C. or to work with students who have language based learning disabilities. Courses and programs are accredited to ensure that the information presented meets expectations and is similar to others like it, provincially, within the same country, or world-wide. Without this accreditation students may not be able to transfer credits, become certified through governing bodies, or be eligible for positions within their field of work.
This has been a current issue with the Law program at Trinity Western University (TWU) in B.C. The Christian university has been denied accreditation, not due to the courses and program but because acceptance to the school requires students to sign a covenant that discriminates against same-sex relationships. TWU is still able to open a law school if they like; however, graduates would not be eligible to be called to bar.

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Mark McGregor

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