SSU School of Education Receives National Accreditation for First Time
Sonoma State University's School of Education reached a milestone in its history with recent notification of national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE is a nationwide 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. Its performance-oriented standards are set by the teaching profession and members of the public. Many see its recognition as a key to teacher accountability and verifcation of preparation program quality.
SSU Education School Dean Mary Gendernalik-Cooper says the accreditation "affirms the commitment of our faculty to providing programs of excellence and addressing the region's demand for highly qualified teachers for all students." Some 400 candidates complete SSU credential programs each year and the school enrolls approximately 700 in its various teacher preparation programs.
NCATE currently accredits 614 teacher education institutions in the U.S. These institutions produce two-thirds of the nation's new teacher graduates each year.
The new professional teacher graduating from an NCATE-accredited institution like SSU meets the following criteria:
This past April, SSU's School of Education programs received state re-accreditation through 2010 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057.
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