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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education was founded in 1954 to provide accreditation for teacher certification programs at colleges and universities in the United States. NCATE was a council of educators created to ensure and raise the quality of preparation for their profession. The U.S. Department of Education recognized NCATE as an accrediting organization. NCATE accreditation is specific to teacher education and is different from regional accreditation.

Why is Accreditation Important?

Educator accreditation is a seal of approval that assures quality in educator preparation. Accreditation makes sure that educator programs prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.

Accreditation provides a framework that has pushed educator preparation programs to continually self-assess and conduct evidence-based analysis of their programs and their efficacy. These evidence-based shifts, rooted in continuous improvement, are helping to ensure that preparation programs are more likely to produce successful educators.

Accreditation matters to:

  • P-12 Learners – outcomes based evidence means all learners are at the center of determining effectiveness of educators.

  • Teacher Educators – since the process is infused with research and development, the knowledge base of effective practice will grow.

  • State education agencies –  provides a strong partner for quality assurance, helps connect the national consensus on preparation to state-level policy and provide support for a state’s own authorization/accountability system.

  • Education Professionals – rigorous standards elevate the profession.
(CAEP, 2016)

The following programs have received national recognition and accreditation by their Specialized Professional Association (SPA)

Initial Certification

  • Early Childhood Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Elementary Education, Association for Childhood Education International
  • Elementary Education, Master's, Association for Childhood Education International
  • Health and Physical Education, American Association for Health Education
  • Secondary Education, Master's, Initial Licensure/Post Baccalaureate
  • Secondary English, National Council of Teachers of English
  • Secondary Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Secondary Physical Education, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • Secondary Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies

Advanced Programs

  • Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership Constituent Council
  • Reading, International Literacy Association/International Reading Association
  • Special Education, Council for Exceptional Children

State Program Approval - all programs approved

  • Art Education
  • Music Education
  • School Counseling