Education programs get NCATE accreditation
By David Nutter
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 15 - December 10, 1998
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) recently granted continuing accreditation to the professional-education programs in the College of Human Resources and Education and the teacher-education programs served jointly by Human Resources and Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
After a year of self study and a visit by a team of university educators, teachers and members of the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Tech was one of 57 programs nationally that received initial accreditation or continuing accreditation for its professional-education programs. Only 42 percent of the education programs nationally have achieved this accreditation.
"The accreditation standards emphasize performance of the graduates and focus on what educators should know and be able to do. Meeting NCATE accreditation standards helps us prepare teachers for rigorous licensing standards and the standards of learning initiated in Virginia's schools," said Janet Johnson, dean of the College of Human Resources and Education.
NCATE is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as the professional accrediting body for schools and teacher-education programs.