Plymouth Teacher Education Programs Achieve National Re-accreditation

January 1st, 2005 by Adam

Plymouth State University programs in initial

teacher preparation, advanced educator
and professional school personnel have achieved multiyear re-accreditation from the
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Plymouth State
is the first New Hampshire school to be accredited under new standards mandated by
NCATE in 2000.

“This year NCATE is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the premier national accrediting
body for teacher education,” says PSU President Donald P.Wharton,”and we are proud to say
that Plymouth State programs have been accredited for the entire 50 years.”

Patricia Cantor, chair of the Council of Teacher Education at Plymouth State says,”The
NCATE visiting team was struck by how well our candidates and faculty exemplify the qualities
described in our conceptual framework for teacher education: commitment, holism, experience,
collaboration and knowledge. They were particularly impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm
of our candidates, the knowledge and dedication of the faculty and the many exciting collaborative
ventures with which Plymouth State is involved in the wider professional education community
throughout the state and region.”

“NCATE accreditation is widely recognized as a mark of distinction and that is one of the
reasons so many teacher candidates choose to study at Plymouth State University. Graduating from
an NCATE-approved program makes our students more attractive candidates for education positions
all over the United States. They are well poised to become the new leaders in their field,” Cantor
adds. NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of
the public. Teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter they plan to
teach as well as the skills necessary to convey that knowledge so that students learn. The
institution must have partnerships with schools from preschool through grade 12 that will enable
candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to
understand and work with diverse student populations, and University faculty must model effective
teaching practices. The University must also demonstrate availability of a variety of resources, including information technology.

NCATE revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practices and research
in order to ensure that the standards reflect a consensus about what is important in teacher preparation
today.

NCATE currently accredits 575 institutions, which produce two thirds of the nation’s new teacher
graduates each year. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
recognize NCATE as an accrediting body for schools, colleges and the department of education.