Frostburg State University’s College of Education and its Professional Education Unit has received continued accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the professional accrediting organization in the U.S. made up of organizations representing teachers, teacher educators, policymakers and the public.
The national accreditation, in which FSU met all standards, will be in force for the next seven years. The Maryland State Department of Education, which requires NCATE accreditation for a higher education institution to be able to prepare teacher candidates for certification, has also granted continuing approval, according to Dr. Ken Witmer, Dean of the College of Education.
“NCATE accreditation is one of the most difficult and demanding accreditation processes in education today,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “The faculty and staff at Frostburg State University did an outstanding job in developing their self study document as well as conducting an enormously successful site visit. This accreditation speaks to the outstanding quality of the Frostburg State University College of Education and the quality of those faculty and staff.”
“I’ve always known that we have a very good program and that we produce excellent teachers. It’s nice to have a National Association affirm that,” Witmer said. “Not only does NCATE accreditation strengthen our graduates’ credentials, but, more importantly, it assures they have been prepared in a manner that will allow them to have a positive impact on the students they teach.”
“I offer my congratulations and thanks to the many faculty and staff who contributed to this successful process,” said FSU Provost Stephen Simpson. “The outcome is one more tangible reminder of the excellence of this institution.”
Five years ago, when FSU was accredited by NCATE for the first time since the 1980s, it was one of the first institutions nationally to achieve the then-new performance-based standards that have dramatically changed the way teacher education is evaluated.
As part of the NCATE process, FSU's various teacher certification programs had to achieve recognition from professional content associations, such as math and health education, as well as early childhood and elementary education. All of the programs whose final reviews have been completed have once again received that recognition.
FSU’s pursuit of recognition from professional associations has been so successful that NCATE has listed FSU’s report to The National Association for the Education of Young Children as an example to follow for other institutions that are undergoing accreditation. That report can be viewed on the NCATE Web site.
NCATE is the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education in the United States. It is a coalition of over 30 organizations representing teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, and the public.
For more information about FSU’s College of Education, call (301) 687-3184 or visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu/colleges/coe.