University of Idaho College of Education Receives National Accreditation from NCATE

Friday, November 15 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho College of Education received accreditation through Spring 2019 through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The educator preparation programs were reviewed as meeting or exceeding all accreditation standards and had only one recommendation for improvement — increasing the diversity of K-12 students with which candidates interact. NCATE accredited the college in six areas: candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinic practices; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and unit governance and resources. The standards for national accreditation for the preparation of educators have become increasingly rigorous. Dozens of performance standards for students also are electronically documented.

“National accreditation provides the assurance to our students and stakeholders that our educator preparation programs are of the highest quality. Accreditation is possible because of our high quality faculty, programs and students,” said Cori Mantle-Bromley, dean of the College of Education.

The accreditation also reflects the work of many university-wide faculty members who partner with the College of Education to prepare educators and the work the UI does to prepare the best teachers and administrators possible for Idaho and beyond.

The College of Education is committed to serving people of Idaho and the region by providing educational programs that emphasize leadership at all levels, and is based on the latest research findings.

The college has a strong reputation for innovation and excellence, and for students who emerge transformed by their experience and confident in their ability to contribute and make a positive difference in their chosen profession.

“NCATE accreditation standards are more rigorous, and the accreditation process more all-encompassing and demanding as a result of increased national scrutiny of educator preparation programs,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice president. “The University of Idaho College of Education’s continued accreditation represents a tremendous accomplishment on the part of dean Mantle-Bromley, the faculty, staff, and students. It represents recognition that University of Idaho programs are high quality and deserving of national recognition. I commend everyone involved for their efforts and for their commitment to the University of Idaho — its programs and its students.”

A significant number of Idaho’s school administrators and teacher choose the UI College of Education because of dynamic programs that are innovative, effective and provide tools for success. In addition to preparing educators, the college provides health and wellness programs for those students who are interested in careers related to movement sciences, such as recreation, exercise science and health, dance and athletic training.

Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, college and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council have consolidated and are now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

For more information about the College of Education, go to www.uidaho.edu/ed. For more information about NCATE, go to www.ncate.org.



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