Preparing teachers and school leaders to teach and work with all students to meet society's demands for high performance has created new goals and higher standards for educators. Accreditation is one measure of quality assurance.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education's teacher education program is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NCATE is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation.
St. John Fisher College's Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, first accredited by NCATE in 2006, has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation's children by achieving continuing accreditation in May 2012 under NCATE's performance-oriented standards.
Fisher's next accreditation site visit will take place in fall 2018.
What Does NCATE Accreditation Mean?
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 that information 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.