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ERIC Number: ED550513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 61
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Standards Accreditation of Schools, Colleges, and Departments of Education. 2006 Edition
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools. Through its voluntary, peer review process, NCATE ensures that accredited institutions produce competent, caring, and qualified teachers and other professional school personnel who can help all students learn. NCATE, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, is a coalition of more than 30 national associations representing the education profession at large. The associations that comprise NCATE appoint representatives to NCATE's policy boards, which develop NCATE standards, policies, and procedures. Membership on policy boards includes representatives from organizations of (1) teacher educators, (2) teachers, (3) state and local policymakers, and (4) professional specialists. Accountability and improvement in teacher preparation are central to NCATE's mission. The NCATE accreditation process determines whether schools, colleges, and departments of education meet demanding standards for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. Through this process, NCATE provides assurance to the public that the graduates of accredited institutions have acquired the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. Providing leadership for reform in teacher education is also central to NCATE's mission. Through standards that focus on systematic assessment and performance-based learning, NCATE encourages accredited institutions to engage in continuous improvement based on accurate and consistent data. By providing leadership in teacher education, NCATE ensures that accredited institutions remain current, relevant, and productive, and that graduates of these institutions are able to have a positive impact on P-12 student learning. This document discusses: (1) The Mission and Scope of NCATE; (2) NCATE Standards; (3) Accreditation Decisions; and (4) NCATE Leadership. A glossary of terms is also provided.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-466-7496; Fax: 202-296-6620; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education