Accreditation Information

The UAF School of Education is accredited through April, 2017 by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

What is NCATE?

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a non-profit, non-governmental alliance of 33 national professional education and public organizations representing millions of Americans who support quality teaching.

NCATE currently accredits 632 colleges of education with 78 more seeking NCATE accreditation. NCATE accreditation is a mark of distinction, and provides recognition that the college of education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other educators.

In NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence of competent teacher candidate performance. Teacher candidates must know the subject matter they plan to teach and how to teach effectively so that all students learn.

NCATE makes a difference in teacher preparation. Prepared teachers make a difference in P–12 student learning. Study after study indicates that student achievement increases when teachers are fully prepared and fully licensed.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as an accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education.

NCATE’s Mission

NCATE is the teaching profession’s organization to help establish high quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

Why Should Schools of Education Be NCATE Accredited?

Professional accreditation of preparatory programs is the bedrock upon which all professions have built their reputations (e.g., architecture, engineering, medicine, law). Accreditation assures that those entering the respective field have been suitably prepared to practice through mastery of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession.

When a school of education is NCATE accredited, it provides assurance that the school’s teacher preparation program has met national standards set by the teaching profession and has undergone rigorous, external, impartial review by professionals, policy makers, and representatives of the public.
  • NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters the development of competent classroom teachers, specialists, and administrators who work to help all P–12 students learn.
  • Graduates from an NCATE accredited teacher preparation program are in high demand because they are well-prepared for initial licensing and advanced board certification. Candidate performance at NCATE institutions is thoroughly assessed throughout the program of study and before the candidate is recommended for licensure.
  • Many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE accredited schools, so graduates of NCATE-accredited schools will generally find it easier to apply for a teaching license when they move out of state.
  • Applicants to an NCATE accredited institution will have the assurance that the institution’s educator program has met national standards and received the profession’s
Pre-requisite for NCATE Accreditation—National Recognition for School of Education Programs

As part of the NCATE review process, individual programs are required to submit detailed and substantive program reports to national professional organizations prior to receiving approval for an NCATE team visit. In 2004, we were required to submit program reports for six of our programs, and all received national recognition. In September of 2008, we submitted program reports for eight of our programs and we will receive replies from the national professional organizations during the spring 2009 semester.

The School of Education programs listed below submitted reports in September of 2008 to their national organizations.

BA in Elementary Education
Reviewed by Association of Childhood Education International

Post Baccalaureate Initial Elementary Licensure Program
Reviewed by Association of Childhood Education International

Secondary Post Baccalaureate Mathematics Initial Licensure Program
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Secondary Post Baccalaureate English Initial Licensure Program
National Council of Teachers of English

Secondary Post Baccalaureate Science Initial Licensure Program
National Science Teachers Association

Secondary Post Baccalaureate Social Science Initial Licensure Program
National Council for the Social Studies

Secondary Post Baccalaureate World Languages Initial Licensure Program
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Graduate Reading Endorsement and M.Ed. Program
International Reading Association