The College's Department of Teacher Education Continues to Meet and Exceed National Standards
June 14, 2012
NEWBERRY, S.C. –The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), has announced that it will continue accreditation for Newberry College’s Department of Teacher Education. Newberry College was the first private college in S.C. to achieve NCATE accreditation.
The Unit Accreditation Board for the NCATE met this past April to consider the accreditation of the Department of Teacher Education at Newberry College at the initial teacher preparation level. The continued accreditation means the unit and its programs meet the standards set forth by the professional education community.
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Department chair, Jennifer Morrison, stated "The NCATE process helped challenge us to set new goals for growth and improvement. Our teacher education program is one of the best in the state and will continue to produce the kind of knowledgeable, effective, and caring teachers parents want for their children."
The department met the six standards set by the NCATE. The standards were candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions, assessment system and unit evaluation, field experiences and clinical practice, diversity, faculty qualifications, performance and development and unit governance and resources. The visiting team challenged the faculty in the Teacher Education Program to continue to seek improvement in the area of faculty scholarship.
Dr. Cindy Johnson, Assistant Dean for Transformative Initiatives and former department chair stated, “Adding to the knowledge base in the field of teaching is something we all strive to do and will continue to do as we move forward. We are very pleased with the outcome of the visit and are confident in our ability to prepare excellent teachers.”
The Department of Teacher Education’s accreditation will be up for renewal again, in fall 2018.