Duquesne School of Education Receives Continued Accreditation from NCATE
The education unit at Duquesne University-the School of Education, the department of music education in the Mary Pappert School of Music and the department of speech and language pathology in the Rangos School of Health Sciences- has received official approval of its continuing accreditation for 2012-2019 from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
NCATE accreditation of programs means that the School of Education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other school specialists. Through accreditation, prospective teachers are assured that Duquesne's programs are up-to-date and relevant, and will prepare them for licensing examinations and successful futures as educators.
"Securing NCATE accreditation affirms the excellence of the education unit at Duquesne University," said Dean Olga Welch of the School of Education. "This is no small achievement as NCATE national accreditation represents the 'gold standard' in teacher education. Programs that achieve this distinction can confidently assert that they have met the most rigorous of teacher preparation standards."
The continuing accreditation review process involved a significant collaborative effort among the three schools and the certification programs. This effort included an on-site review by the NCATE Board of Examiners Team of 154 respondents representing administration, program faculty and students, alumni, staff, the School of Education, the Mary Pappert School of Music and the Rangos School of Health Science.
The reaccreditation review process was spearheaded by Dr. Susan Munson, associate dean for teacher education in the School of Education. "We are very pleased to be awarded a full seven-year continuing accreditation that reflects our commitment to benchmarking the quality of our instructional certification programs through a voluntary, external review based on national standards of excellence," she said.
Through the accreditation process, NCATE determines how effectively the University designs, manages and evaluates its programs. Each of the 17 instructional certification programs was reviewed by its respective specialty professional associations and awarded national recognition. The University provided information on how it prepares students for work in preschool through 12th-grade settings. Much of this information is based on program data about candidates, graduates and clinical practice.
Teacher preparation programs are evaluated on six standards:
- Candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions
- Assessment system and unit evaluation
- Field experiences and clinical practice
- Faculty qualifications, performance and development
- Governance and resources.
The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as an accrediting body for teacher preparation programs throughout the country. The organization currently accredits 656 schools of education, including Duquesne University and 19 other institutions in Pennsylvania.