Campus: CSU Northridge -- June 11, 2003
Education College Recognized for Producing Quality
CSUN Receives Accreditation from National and State Agencies
Cal State Northridge's commitment to producing quality teachers was
recently underscored by the decisions of state and national organizations
to continue the accreditation of the university's Michael D. Eisner
College of Education.
Philip J. Rusche, dean of CSUN's Eisner College of Education, said the
decisions by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
(NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing were
particularly gratifying because both agencies have recently adopted
new, stricter standards for measuring how well colleges and universities
prepare future teachers.
"I am really proud of our faculty and our programs," Rusche
said. "The decisions by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
and NCATE underscore the college's commitment to be at the leading edge
of quality teaching and learning."
In his letter to CSUN President Jolene Koester informing her of NCATE's
decision, NCATE President Arthur E. Wise congratulated the college of
education for "displaying the high quality necessary to be granted
NCATE accredits 554 institutions, which in turn produce two-thirds of
the nation's new teacher graduates each year.
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 in order for students to learn. The university
is required to carefully assess this knowledge and skill to determine
if candidates may graduate.
NCATE-accredited schools also must have partnerships with preschools
and K-12 schools that help teacher candidates develop the skills necessary
to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to understand and
work with diverse student populations. The university faculty must model
effective teaching practices, and the college of education must have
the resources, including information technology resources, necessary
to prepare candidates to meet new standards.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as the professional
accrediting body for schools, departments and colleges of education.
On-site visits, document review and accreditation decisions are all
carried out by professionals from the education community, including
teachers, school specialists and teacher educators as well as members
of the public and education policy makers.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing ensures that those
who educate the children of California are academically and professionally
prepared. It is the nation's oldest independent teaching standards board.
Among the commission's goals is to assure the public and the state Legislature
that teacher education programs are effectively training school personnel
to function in the credential areas for which they are being prepared.
California State University, Northridge is considered a leading producer
of teachers among public institutions in California. It was one of only
four universities nationwide tapped last year by the Carnegie Corporation
of New York to take part in a landmark initiative designed to strengthen
K-12 teaching by developing state-of-the-art programs at schools of
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