Butler University’s College of Education has received continued accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for initial and advanced teacher preparation.

In NCATE’s standards-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence that teacher education candidates possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively teach diverse learners and to have an impact on student learning.

“I want to congratulate the College of Education on earning this national seal of professional approval,” said Kate Morris, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Students and potential students can be assured that Butler University’s teacher preparation education programs meet the highest state and national standards for academic excellence as a result of the accreditation.”

Butler COE has held NCATE accreditation ever since the council’s founding in 1954, said Dean Ena Shelley.

“We have been recognized for a long time for the high quality of our teacher education programs,” she said. “The NCATE process prompts internal self-study that documents that quality, and inspires us to continue.

“An accreditation visit takes six years of detailed preparation and effort,” she said. “COE’s faculty, staff, and students all contributed to document and demonstrate their high standards of performance. The NCATE review team was very impressed during their November visit.

“I want to extend special thanks to our partnerships schools, Board of Visitors, University administration, alumni, and friends for supporting the COE in this effort.”

The College of Education offers bachelor’s degree programs in elementary education and middle/secondary education, which includes a licensure option inhuman movement and health sciences. COE also has master’s degree programs in school counseling, educational leadership, and effective teaching and leadership, as well as a graduate initial licensure program and licensed mental health counselor certification.

Its 28 faculty and 10 staff members help prepare an average140 graduates annually.

Since 2002, Butler COE has realized 100 percent placement of graduates in employment or graduate school within their commencement year.

NCATE is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and are now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson
(317) 940-6944
mestephe@butler.edu

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