Education Program Receives NCATE Accreditation

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Cedarville University’s education program has reached a historic milestone by achieving accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations representing millions of Americans committed to quality teaching. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations

March 9, 2010

Cedarville University's education program has reached a historic milestone by achieving accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All 14 of the licensure areas have achieved the highest evaluation of "Nationally Recognized." 

"The accreditation of our teacher education programs affirms our long-standing reputation for curricular relevancy and innovation at both the undergraduate and graduate level," says Dr. Stephen Gruber, chair of the department of education.

Professional accreditation assures the public that schools of education are graduating well-qualified teachers ready for today's classrooms.

NCATE is composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations representing millions of Americans committed to quality teaching. They evaluate programs using data-driven and performance-based criteria. Through rigorous and varied assessments, accredited programs must demonstrate that their students are competent not only in subject matter but also in teaching skills. The programs must also partner with local K-12 schools and model effective teaching practices. Lastly, teacher education programs must have the technological resources necessary to prepare candidates to meet new standards.

A four-year process, the accreditation effort "involved many, many committed partners," emphasizes Gruber. "We had remarkably successful collaborations with local school districts, the teacher education advisory committee, Ohio's Department of Education, teachers, faculty, students, college administration and staff."

For more than 100 years, Cedarville has been preparing educators who serve as classroom teachers and administrators in public, private and Christian schools around the world. A hallmark of Cedarville's education program is the emphasis on practical experience. By spending more than 600 hours in actual classrooms, teacher candidates are confident and equipped to lead a classroom of their own when they graduate.

Through its undergraduate and M.Ed. degree programs, the Cedarville University Department of Education seeks to prepare compassionate, professional educators who are committed to the integration of faith, learning and life as demonstrated in teaching competence and Christ-like character through leadership and service.

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs. Featuring a worldwide Christian ministries program, the University offers more than 100 areas of study to 3,000 students. Visit the University Web site at www.cedarville.edu.