National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is an accreditation which mainly focuses on teacher and educator programs.

Updated by Navya B on 10th September 2020

What is the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education?

National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education was founded and established in the year 1954 and is also known as NCATE.

This commission is for accrediting teacher certification programs in colleges/universities in the United States.

NCATE is a council of educators. It is not a regional accreditation, unlike others. It is only specific to a teacher’s education. This accreditation is for the programs offered for teaching and learning.

The NCATE has five foundings, namely: 

  • AACTE- The American Association for Teacher Education

  • NEA- The National Education Association

  • NSBA-The National School Boards Association

  • NASDTEC-The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.

  • CCSSO- The Council of Chief State School Officers.


Guiding values of National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education

Every accreditation body has some guiding values that it swears by. The Guiding values for National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education are as follows:

  • A college should have integrity and adhere to their core values.

  • An institution should be good in their organization and development.

  • Student learning practices should be focused.

  • An institution that is willing to get accredited should have transparency between students and organization.

  • Education should be considered as public purpose more than a business.

  • The institution should be mission-centered.


Institution Requirements for NACTE

In order to be accreditated by NACTE, there are certain requirements that needs to be fulfilled. We have mentioned the requirements below:

  • Previous accreditation records - A college/university should maintain the accreditation records of the past and present.

  • Governing Board - Every college should be having a governing board with council board members.

  • Educational Resources - All the needful resources should be availed in an institution.

  • Educational oriented - A college should be educational oriented and must focus more on the same.

  • Financial Capacity - The funding status and financial support should be strong.

  • Administration - An institution should have a good administration who can manage all the resources. 


List of Colleges Accreditated by NACTE 

The list of colleges that are accreditated by NACTE are mentioned in the table below

Ohio University Caldwell University
University of Georgia Manhattan College
Walden University Loma Lind University
Baker University Michigan State University
Central Michigan University North Central University
Portland State University New York University
Southern Utah University University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Utah University of Southern Maine

How does NACTE benefit students?

 NACTE is an accreditation body for institutions but the accreditation has its own set of values that ensures that the accreditating body is not only beneficial to the institutions but also to students. Following are benefits that students can get from NACTE

  • Students will gain knowledge from trained and qualified teachers and educators.

  • The degree will be valued by any institution or workplace.

  • A student will have professional school personnel to teach.

  • It provides leadership and engages in continuous assessnants which in turn will benefit students.


Conclusion

NACTE accreditation mainly is for the teachers and educators and it will help college/universities prove that they have well-qualified teachers/educators. This will directly affect the student learning programs.

This accreditation is a program accreditation and an institution can have more than one accreditation, so in turn, it will help to improve the reputation of school/college and benefit students.