What is the American School of Genealogy and why does it NOT have regional and DETC accreditation. Why would I care about international accreditation.
Our programs are international recognized by the College of Teachers in London (located at the Institute of Education of the University of London) under a Royal Charter of both Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II and an international accrediting board. As you will note, at one time many American universities (example William and Mary) possessed some form of Royal Charter as well as did all of the colonies.
As you will note on the College’s website, the soon to be accredited post-graduate program is listed as Level 6 as a Licentiateship of The College of Teachers (LCOT). A Licentiateship, according to Wikipedia and other much older and recognized sources state that “Licentiate is the title of a person who holds an academic degree. The term is derive from the Latin *licentia docendi*, meaning “permission to teach.” Further note the section under “Licentiate” (United Kingdom). Such terms are used by Trinity College (London), numerous schools throughout Europe and several universities in the USA including pontifical universities such The Catholic University of America, as well as University of California in their law program.
We do NOT state that the program is a degree. The course work is equivalent to a degree in workload and academic intent and is an accredited diploma at the post-graduate level. The American School program is still under consideration by the College.
We are not concerned with any licensing program in the states as none exist and will not do so in the near future. To many academics, especially at university level, genealogy is little more than a leisure course similar to basket-weaving and flower arranging. We are changing this opinion.
Our European brothers have been trying for centuries to teach us that there is much more to genealogy than merely doing research on one’s grandmother (note our forthcoming paper “Theory Development and Historical Antecedents in the Field of Generational Family Matrix Research” which will appear in ALTAIR.
We designate our school program as an academic and professional pursuit as opposed to a technical curriculum in that we teach technical skills at the entry level but extend out activities to higher levels including theory development, research methodology, curriculum design and aligning the course instruction with academic disciplines of anthropology, sociology, history, genetics and economics
The documentary sciences of Europe (especially Spain and Italy) are also an important part of the curricula design of the various courses.
We are working on a co-operative scheme with several accredited European universities to accept students into their masters’ programs. At the completion of the Advanced Diploma, students can directly enroll into the College of Teachers to work on a Fellow of the College of Teachers (F.C.T) which is equivalent to a Master degree in Philosophy by research. The program is difficult and requires the writing of a 25,000-50,000 word thesis on teaching* genealogical research. Although such programs are often available in Europe, we are the only school in America to offer such a program (under consideration by College).
THE COLLEGE OF TEACHER’S RIGHT TO GRANT ACCREDITATION
The College of Teachers and its legal right to grant degrees and have accreditation
“The College of Teachers’ framework of Qualifications is in relation to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the Framework for Higher Education (NFHE). The College is the UK’s professional educational institute for teachers. The College support the teaching profession through networks of membership and qualifications. The College of Teachers members include primary, secondary and special educational needs teachers, lecturers, university staff, teaching assistants, industrial trainers, local authority managers and governors both in the UK and around the world. Many specialist associations, agencies, colleges and schools also belong to The College as Institutional Members. [Besides being a COLLEGE CENTER we are also an Institutional Member of the College.] Our qualifications range from attendance certificates through to Master’s level and are professional rather than academic in nature, allowing everyone involved in education to have their professional achievement and expertise recognised and rewarded. As these qualifications are awarded under our Royal Charter they benefit from international recognition allowing their holders to move to schools, local authorities, and even countries safe in the knowledge that their qualifications will be recognised. Holding the 366th Royal Charter, issued by the Privy Council in 1849, we are run by our Members for our Members and strive to support improvements in standards of teaching and learning.” [from College of Teacher's website] – NOTE the American School’s Accreditation Page at the College. as well as the CODE FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.
Applicants to the post graduate program should complete a baccalaureate degree from a DETC, regionally or internationally accredited school/college and have several years experience in a career field. They should also have several years of experience working in the genealogical field. Certain exceptions may be made regarding academic and career qualifications.
All course transfer of credits must be from an accredited international, national or regional university. DETC transfer is also accepted. All accredited transfers will undergo evaluation by the evaluation review committee.
Applicants are expected to be proficient in the English language skills. A second language English applicant should submit records of TOEFL examination with scores of 550 minimums. Potential students must have a GED or High School Certificate to enroll in the Certificate program.
Students are expected to have access to a computer, email and the Internet and genealogical databases for their completion of the program.
*Picture is of the new home of the College of Teachers in the Institute of Education, University of London. ** Old location of the College.
** Trademarks for Accredited Genealogist and Certified Genealogist.
CLICK BASIC PROGRAM IN TOOLBAR to go to Accredited Certificate Course – Basics in the Applied Study of Genealogy
The American School of Genealogy employment and student enrollment practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Such discrimination is illegal based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 42 U.S.C. §2000e-2.
The Mississippi Commission on Community Colleges and Proprietary College Registration (CPSR) has exempted the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences from formal registration with them under the provisions of its legal codes – 75-60-5—(c) (j).
At present, with your program being delivered to students via only online, you are not required to register. This may change in the future, but online schools in Mississippi are not required to register. If the rule changes, I will contact you about registering.
- Kim Verneuille, MAED, (ABD)
- Director of Proprietary Schools & College Registration
- Mississippi Community College Board
- 3825 Ridgewood Road
- Jackson, MS 39211
- phone: 601-432-6185
- fax: 601-432-6363