N.C. A&T School of Education's National Accreditation Renewed

N.C. A&T SCHOOL OF EDUCATION'S NATIONAL ACCREDITATION RENEWED

The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University School of Education recently received reaffirmation of accreditation for seven years under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

The School of Education earned the rating of “Acceptable” on five standards and the exceptional rating of “Target” on Standard 3 Field Experiences and Clinical Practice during its accreditation review. These high ratings indicate that the School of Education works collaboratively with staff in various K-12 school districts to prepare quality classroom teachers who have the ability to engage culturally and linguistically with diverse students.

“Reaffirmation of our NCATE accreditation is concrete evidence of the positive, profound impact that our teacher education program has on the preparation of our undergraduate and graduate candidates for K-12 public schools throughout the state and nation,” said Dr. Anthony Graham, interim dean of the School of Education at North Carolina A&T. “The faculty in the School of Education strives to ensure our candidates are prepared to improve the livelihood of K-12 students whom our graduates engage in classrooms on a daily basis, and that they have the skills needed to enhance the lives of these students’ families and the quality of their communities.”

The North Carolina A&T School of Education licenses candidates in 13 state-approved baccalaureate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs. The school was recently ranked No. 4 in North Carolina as a “Best Value” college of education by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Recent School of Education alumni have won numerous awards, including the Rookie Teacher of the Year, North Carolina Principal of the Year, the Guilford County Schools’ Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence, and the Milken Educator Awards.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States. More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

For more information about the School of Education at North Carolina A&T State University visit www.ncat.edu.