of Education Prepares for National Accreditation of Teacher
Education Team Visit
week, a site team representing NCATE will visit the campus for meetings with
students, area superintendents and faculty.
Representatives from NCATE meet with faculty during their visit to the campus.
first event for the NCATE team will be a community event hosted by the College
of Education at 4:30 p.m. in Salon Cassia in Main. The event will showcase some
of the programs the College of Education has been involved from faculty
seminars to outreach programs.
is culmination of our work brought about because of the many contributions of
the faculty whose long hours each semester include the reviewing and revising
curricula, collection and analysis of data and alignment of standards to
national expectations,” said Dr. Miguel Escotet, Dean of the College of
was almost five years ago the College of Education began the preplanning
phase in order to even become an official candidate to apply for accreditation.
Once the official candidacy was received, each individual program, or degree,
within the college underwent a rigorous internal review.
faculty member in the College of Education has been on two or more committees
or working groups. Each team has had to meet various standards after which
the program was reviewed externally by the respective Specialized Professional
learned a lot about ourselves in the process,” said Dr. Olivia Rivas, Professor in the Department of
Educational Psychology and Leadership. “We are often so busy with our classes
and our students that we frequently work in isolation, and this process
fostered a more integrative working environment. We found a lot of common
ground; we were all behind this common goal.”
NCATE accreditation process includes a review of each program by the
governing body for that discipline. For example, the Bachelor of Arts in
Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6th grades) Bilingual Generalist is examined by
the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The English
Language Arts degree for both grades 4-8 and 8-12 is governed by the National
Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
recognition by specializing organizations is what determines the gold standard
in teacher education,” said Dr. Laura Jewett, Assistant Professor in the
Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation. “Program review is the
cornerstone of NCATE accreditation.”
date, 19 of the 21 programs in the College of Education have received full
national recognition by their respective Specialized Professional Associations
(SPA) – a critical juncture in the entire process.
their April visit, the representatives will make their recommendation to the
NCATE Board of Examiners. The process should be complete by the fall, at which
time the UTB College of Education will join the 15 others in the state of Texas
– and the only university south of Houston and San Antonio – with this coveted