School of Education
wins NCATE reaccreditation
National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has
notified The University of North Carolina at Pembroke of the continued
accreditation of its School of Education.
The renewal covers
UNCP's initial and advanced teacher preparation levels for the next
C. Meadors said NCATE reaccreditation along with "exemplary"
rating for the third consecutive year by the North Carolina Department
of Public Instruction confirms that UNC Pembroke's teacher education
is truly one of the two best, if not the best, education program in
the state of North Carolina.
is an important milestone for our education program," Chancellor
Meadors said. "It is the stamp of approval for all teacher education
little doubt that our School of Education is among the nation's finest
and most successful," he said. "Coupled with the state's highest
ranking and the school's phenomenal growth (77 percent increase in students
seeking licensure over the last three years), I have nothing but praise
for our faculty, administration and students."
Interim Dean of
the School of Education Dr. Warren Baker said preparation for the accreditation
visit began over two years ago and the positive outcome is a reflection
of the commitment and dedication of faculty and staff.
"It's an ongoing
process that comprehensively reviews every detail of our teacher education
program," Dr. Baker said. "Accreditation forces us to look
at what we are doing, to assess our programs and to stay abreast of
the latest developments in teacher training."
the high quality of our programs and faculty, both in the School of
Education and across campus in the arts and sciences," he said.
"I would like to thank NCATE coordinator Dr. Sharon Sharpe, who
kept us focused and on task."
look at teaching candidates knowledge and skills; institutional assessment
and evaluation; field and clinical experiences provided for students;
diversity in the teacher education program; faculty qualifications;
resources the university commits to the program; student's performance
on national examinations and retention in the profession.
The U.S. Department
of Education recognizes NCATE as the professional accrediting body for
colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional
personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools.
Currently, 550 institutions
are accredited and more than 100 others are candidates and pre-candidates
for accreditation. The number of candidates for accreditation has almost
tripled in the past five years, due to the growing demand for accountability
from states and the public, and the number of accredited institutions
has risen steadily.
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