NCATE Accreditation Renewed

Education Department reviewed by NCATE

Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, chair of the York College department of Education, announced last week that the education program has once again been granted accreditation 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. 

“Having our national accreditation renewed assures that we are graduating quality teachers who are prepared to move directly into the classroom,” said Wheeler. “This accreditation renewal marks another milestone in our continuing effort to provide an excellent education.”

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 freshmen 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.

The next NCATE review is anticipated in seven years.

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