Nyack College School of Education has received accreditation
from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
the nation’s prestigious professional accrediting body for teacher preparation,
which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for
Higher Education Accreditation. NCATE currently accredits 614 institutions,
which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year.
the School of Education, Dr. Bennett Schepens, attributes the success of Nyack
College in the NCATE process to a highly qualified and caring faculty. “Professors at Nyack College are not only
expert in their fields, but are also experienced practitioners who mentor
students to excellence in the classroom.
Our students are also fortunate to have excellent cooperating schools
and teachers in Nyack, Rockland County and New York City.”
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
that they plan to teach, as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that
students learn. The college or university must carefully assess this knowledge
and skill to determine that candidates may graduate. The institution must have
partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills
necessary to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to understand and
work with diverse student populations. College and university faculty must
model effective teaching practices. And
the school, college, or department of education must have the resources,
including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to
meet new standards. NCATE revises its
standards every five years to incorporate best practice and research.
NCATE accreditation standards also helps institutions prepare graduating
teachers for new, more rigorous licensing standards in New York and many other
states. NCATE accreditation standards
incorporate the model state licensing principles developed by a task force of
the Council of Chief State School Officers.
composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations
representing millions of Americans committed to quality teaching. It was
founded in 1954 by the teaching profession and the states. NCATE continues its
mission today: the profession and the states working together for excellence in
teacher preparation and development.