Brooklyn, NY – Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard recently announced that the College’s Education Department received full national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through Spring 2019.
The NCATE accreditation system peer review process – a requirement in New York State – involves a comprehensive evaluation of the professional education unit (the school, college, department, or other administrative body that is primarily responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel). The review is based on the NCATE Unit Standards, a set of research-based national standards developed by all sectors of the teaching profession.
“This is great news for our College as it validates the hard work and commitment of our faculty, the quality of the curriculum leading to student success, as well as the integrity of our programs,” said President William L. Pollard. “Our Education Department continues to focus on preparing its students and building a solid foundation for aspiring educators. Our programs not only promote professionalism and program quality, but also include comprehensive performance standards and evaluation for all program components. I congratulate Dr. Lester and Dr. Paul, and their team on this well-earned honor.”
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that academic programs meet high standards of quality,” said Senior Vice President & Interim Provost Karrin E. Wilks. “Dr. Lester and Dr. Paul and their team worked diligently to meet those high standards. Their work is a testament to the faculty of Medgar Evers College who are dedicated to curriculum and instruction that reflects best practice, and that prepares our students for successful careers, in this case, to succeed in the world of educating others.”
Accreditation requires an on-site review of the unit and a review of the individual programs within the unit. Using NCATE unit standards, a group of examiners, known as the Board of Examiners (BOE), conducts an on-site visit and evaluates the unit’s capacity to effectively deliver its programs.
“I applaud Dr. Lester and Dr. Paul and their team of faculty and staff on their great work,” said Interim School of Liberal Arts & Education Dean Carlyle Van Thompson. “With two nationally accredited departments in our school, we are ready to lead our students to careers that will transform them and the communities where they live and work.”
“I leave Medgar Evers College after 15 years with great pride in our work,” said retiring Education Department Chair Dr. Nancy Lester. “I am proud to acknowledge the Education Department – faculty and candidates – who spent hours – many on their own personal time – to make sure that our programs met all of the rigorous standards set forth by NCATE. The faculty are highly qualified, caring and dedicated professionals committed to the success of our candidates, to the School of Liberal Arts and Education, and to Medgar Evers College. I am privileged to have led, with Dr. Sheilah Paul, our team to this success.”
The Education Department was required to provide data and evidence for six NCATE standards including Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Dispositions; Assessment Systems & Unit Evaluation; Field Experiences and Clinical Practice; Diversity; Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development; and Unit Governance and Resources. Evidence and data were provided in both digital form (the College’s NCATE Department website) and in an onsite exhibit room. The BOE Team reviewed the electronic exhibit room and provided feedback to the Education Department; they also reviewed the onsite exhibit room when they made their required onsite campus visit. The Department met all six standards.
The Education Department was one of the first to be created when the College opened its doors 43 years ago. Its programs and policies ensure that candidates demonstrate the academic and professional skills and competencies addressed in the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) as well as the intellectual acumen and academic skills and proficiencies needed to meet departmental standards and the related professional standards of the Association for Childhood Education International, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
To be admitted into the program, a student must have completed 60 credits (with specific “core classes” as identified in admission materials) and must have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.7. Each Education Department student is required to complete one year of clinical practices in two different settings. In the graduating class of June 2013, there were 30 graduates who earned B.A. degrees in Childhood Education, Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
NCATE, founded in 1954, is the education profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. The U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students.
About Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.
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