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College of Education receives continuing accreditation

Next NCATE visit is 2014


Ohio University’s College of Education and Education Unit received official full continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on May 7.

NCATE's approval came following an Oct. 14 visit from the Board of Examiners encompassing the six campuses and programs within four colleges that comprise the College of Education and Education Unit of Ohio University.

"This accreditation recognizes the hard work of the faculty and staff in our College of Education," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "Through our faculty and staff's commitment and expertise, our students receive a level of education and teacher
preparation that ranks among the nation's top colleges and universities."

NCATE-accredited schools and programs undergo a thorough external review and must show that teacher candidates meet rigorous standards set for the teaching profession before they are recommended for licensure. College and university faculty must model effective teaching practices, and the school, college, or department of education must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to meet new standards.

"Accreditation holds us accountable to our students and citizens of Ohio in the continual improvement of our programs," said College of Education Dean Renée A. Middleton. "And because NCATE standards are updated every five years, accreditation ensures we remain current in our programs and practices."

NCATE revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practices and research, ensuring that the standards reflect a consensus based on feedback from key stakeholders such as teachers, principals, superintendents and alumni.

The U. S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE is composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations representing millions of Americans committed to quality teaching. The next NCATE visit to Ohio University is scheduled for fall 2014.

For more information about Ohio University's Teacher Education program, visit the College of Education website