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NCATE continues accreditation of teacher preparation at Georgia Southern

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has continued its accreditation of Georgia Southern University’s College of Education. This national approval indicates that the College and its teacher education programs meet rigorous professional standards set by the professional education community. The NCATE accreditation applies to both initial and advanced teacher preparation levels.

‘We were delighted to hear this good news,” said Lucindia Chance, dean of the College of Education. ‘Although our faculty and staff constantly strive to develop exceptionally competent classroom teachers, it is affirming to know that our teacher preparation program meets NCATE’s stringent national standards.”

Georgia Southern’s teacher preparation curriculum has been accredited by NCATE since 1954. With the current endorsement, the next accreditation review for the College of Education will take place in 2013.

In 2006, the College of Education produced 305 graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education, 70 graduates with the Education Specialist degree, and 58 graduates with the Doctor of Education degree. As of fall 2006, more than 2,700 Georgia Southern students had declared a major in the College of Education.

The College of Education currently partners with 30 schools in southeast Georgia to provide undergraduate field experiences for teacher candidates. Under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the college is part of a Professional Development District that also includes Screven County’s three public schools, the district’s alternative school, and the Savannah River Challenge Program (the state-run residential minimum security juvenile facility located in the county).

The College of Education also partners with the National Network for Educational Renewal, and it is home to the Georgia Center for Educational Renewal. It is a member of the International Learning Community (ILC), which encourages global exchange of students and faculty and sharing of best practices, and iNET, the International Network for Educational Transformation, which encourages transformation of learning through innovation.

Through a National Science Foundation PRISM (Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics) grant, the College of Education offers courses for classroom teachers designed to help increase science and mathematics achievement for all P-12 students.

NCATE currently awards professional accreditation to only 623 institutions in the U.S., and those institutions produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teachers each year. NCATE currently revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practices and new research and to ensure that its standards reflect a consensus of what is important in teacher preparation today.

At NCATE-accredited colleges, teacher candidates must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their subject matter and the skills necessary to convey that knowledge to their students. NCATE colleges must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop their teaching skills, and candidates must be prepared to work with diverse populations. Meeting NCATE’s high standards ensures that all of Georgia Southern’s newly prepared teachers will meet the rigorous licensing standards of all states.

For more information about Georgia Southern’s College of Education, visit the Web site at http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/.

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