YC Education Department Earns an "A"
NCATE Review a Success
by Sue Roush
Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, chair of the York College department of Education, announced Monday that the education program had a successful review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). York College offers 20 endorsements in Elementary, Middle Grades and Secondary Education. Degrees in Art Education, Vocal Music Education, Special Education and Physical Education are also offered within the department.
“We had the dream team of evaluators who came in over a weekend and stayed five days. They studied reports we had prepared, they interviewed alumni and spent time with our student teachers and other education majors,” said Wheeler. “One of the evaluators remarked that our student teachers act like they are already first year teachers with their own classrooms.”
York College first received NCATE accreditation in 2005. “NCATE is the highest standard for the preparation of classroom teachers,” said President Steve Eckman. “Education is one of our biggest majors at York College and certainly one of the best. We place our students in the classroom from their freshman year so they have plenty of experience prior to student teaching.”
Being an NCATE accredited institution offers certain advantages to graduates. “When students go to another state to apply for certification to teach, it helps them to come from an NCATE institution,” remarked Wheeler.
“It is nice to get recognition for the job we do,” Wheeler continued, “our team works very hard.”
This preliminary review states that all standards are met. The next NCATE review is anticipated in seven years.