Monday, June 20, 2016

UNO Teacher Prep Programs Meet Rigorous Standards, Accrediting Body Finds

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The University of New Orleans meets rigorous standards in preparing its teachers for classroom instruction, according to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

UNO’s College of Education and Human Development met all the requirements needed to continue National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation for another seven years—the maximum length of time allowed.

The accreditation extends to the college’s bachelor and master of arts in teaching degree programs, through which UNO awards 130 degrees annually on average.

“This accreditation decision indicates that (UNO) and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community,” wrote Christopher Koch, president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

The NCATE accreditation process involves peer review of all the administrative body that provides and oversees an institution’s teacher preparation program. It requires an on-site review and a review of individual aspects of all programs that provide for the initial and advanced preparation of professional educational personnel to work in preschool through 12th-grade settings.

According to a summary of standards, UNO met standards in all six areas:

Candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and unit governance and resources.

The counseling degree programs offered by UNO’s College of Education and Human Development are accredited separately by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs. UNO’s accreditation for those programs was last reaffirmed in 2014-15 for a period of 10 years.

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