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College Receives NCATE, CAEP Accreditation for Education Unit

January 15, 2014

The National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the newly established educator accreditation organization, granted Ursuline’s Education Unit professional accreditation for its undergraduate and graduate education programs. Ursuline is one of six colleges in the country to receive this dual accreditation, which is valid until spring 2020.

“We are thrilled to be one of only a handful of educator preparation institutions in the country to have achieved this dual status.  This recognition of our excellent programs reflects the quality of our graduates and their rigorous preparation for their places in the education community,” Jeanne Sternad, Ursuline Education Unit Executive Director, said.

This accreditation indicates that the College’s Education Unit meets the demanding standards set forth by the professional education community. It also means that Ursuline students are well prepared for state licensing standards and can compete with teachers anywhere in the United States.

Ursuline’s Education Unit meets all six standards of CAEP and NCATE, which include: the knowledge, skills and dispositions required by the candidates; the system used to assess the unit and its programs; the field and student-teaching experiences required of candidates; diversity of candidates and experiences; faculty; and governance.

In addition to reports documenting evidence of processes and outcomes addressing the standards, the accreditation team reviews candidate work samples, surveys of graduates and cooperating teachers and administrators and personal interviews by a team of five examiners who visit the campus.

CAEP accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement, according to the organization’s website. More than 900 educator preparation providers will eventually participate in the CAEP accreditation system, which serves all providers currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

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