The education programs at Cal U are accredited by the he Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which is the only accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. NCATE determines which schools, colleges, and departments of education meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school specialists for the classroom. All education programs are currently accredited by NCATE through 2014.
Professional accreditation of preparatory education programs is the bedrock upon which all professions have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the respective field have been suitably prepared to be a professional educator through assimilation of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession. Accreditation of schools of education indicates that the school underwent rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before he or she is recommended for licensure, and that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.
NCATE Unit Standards (Institutional Report)
STANDARD 1. CANDIDATE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND PROFESSIONAL DISPOSITIONS
STANDARD 2. ASSESSMENT SYSTEM AND UNIT EVALUATION
STANDARD 3. FIELD EXPERIENCES AND CLINICAL PRACTICE
STANDARD 4. DIVERSITY
STANDARD 5. FACULTY QUALIFICATIONS, PERFORMANCE, AND DEVELOPMENT
STANDARD 6. UNIT GOVERNANCE AND RESOURCES
Dr. James Burton, NCATE Coordinator