The ERZ is a multiyear PreK-16 initiative founded by the state of Arkansas to help improve public school performance and student academic achievement. This is a collaborative effort between renewal zone partners, including the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of ERZ, institutions of higher education (IHEs), regional education service cooperatives (ESCs), other technical assistance provider entities, schools, and participating communities.
The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Southern Arkansas University is accredited by the Council of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caep.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator programs at Southern Arkansas University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.