For Immediate Release
November 26, 2008
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Brockport, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation’s children by achieving re-accreditation this month under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.
NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn. The college or university must carefully assess this knowledge and skill to determine that candidates may graduate. The institution must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. 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.
“We are proud to receive NCATE re-accreditation,” said Christine Murray, Dean of the School of Professions and head of the College’s Professional Education Unit. “The hard work that goes into the accreditation process is indicative of the commitment The College at Brockport makes to its students, faculty, alumni, and partner schools.”
NCATE revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practice and research in order to ensure that the standards reflect a consensus about what is important in teacher preparation today. Meeting NCATE accreditation standards also helps institutions prepare new teachers for new, more rigorous licensing standards in many states. NCATE accreditation standards incorporate the model state licensing principles developed by a task force of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
“Maintaining national disciplinary and professional accreditations such as NCATE is one of the College’s primary goals,” said President John R. Halstead. “These designations, which I call ‘Emblems of Quality,’ add to the academic reputation of the College and recognize the high standards of our faculty. We need to continue to make such strategic investments in the College, even during these challenging economic times.”
The US 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. It was founded in 1954 by the teaching profession and the states. NCATE continues its mission today: the profession and the states working together for excellence in teacher preparation and development.
For more information about Brockport’s professional Education Unit, please visit http://www.brockport.edu/peu/. More information about NCATE is available at www.ncate.org.
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