The NCATE accreditation system involves a comprehensive evaluation of the professional education unit (the school, college, department, or other administrative body that is primarily responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel). The review is based on the NCATE Unit Standards, a set of research-based national standards developed by all sectors of the teaching profession.
Accreditation requires both an off-site and on-site review of the unit and a review of the individual programs within the unit. Using NCATE unit standards, the Board of Examiners (BOE), conducts the off-site and on-site visit and evaluates the unit’s capacity to effectively deliver its programs. The review of individual programs entails the submission of no more than 8 assessments that provide evidence of candidate mastery of (SPA) standards. SPAs have customized the requirements for the assessments to conform to the standards and assessments unique to each discipline.
Nationally Recognized Programs
|Program Name||Specialized Professional Associations (SPA)|
|Early Childhood||National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)|
|Education Leadership||Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)|
|Elementary Education||Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)|
|English||National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)|
|Mathematics||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)|
|Secondary Mathematics||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)|
|Modern Languages||American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)|
|Physical Education||National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)|
|Science Education Programs: Biology , Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science , Physics||National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)|
|Social Studies||National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)|
|Special Education MED||Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)|
|Special Education UG||Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)|