NCATE Accreditation

Accreditation Overview

Preparing teachers and school leaders to teach and work with all students to meet society's demands for high performance has created new goals and higher standards for educators. Accreditation is one measure of quality assurance.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education's teacher education program is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NCATE is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation.

St. John Fisher College's Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, first accredited by NCATE in 2006, has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation's children by achieving continuing accreditation in May 2012 under NCATE's performance-oriented standards.

Fisher's next accreditation site visit will take place in fall 2018.

Candidate Performance Data for the School of Education

2014 Candidate Responses

  • 100% of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that during student teaching, they deepened their understanding of development as they designed learning opportunities supporting children’s intellectual, social and personal development
  • 100% of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that through student teaching, they used their understanding of content knowledge to creating meaningful experiences that were pedagogically appropriate.
  • 100% of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that during student teaching they initiated and implemented new ideas to improve student learning.
  • 100% of the respondents strongly agreed or agreed that during student teaching, they developed an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical frameworks on which effective teaching is based through a process of reflection, decision-making and practice.

Source: The Initial Candidates Program Effectiveness Survey, Fall 2014

Retention Rates


School of Education Rates

College-wide Rates










Retention rates are calculated based on the number of undergraduate students in the initial cohort who return the following Fall Semester. Students who have declared a major in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education are shown versus the retention rate of undergraduate students who are not enrolled in a major in the School of Education.

Average GPA of 2014 Degree Completers

  • Bachelor's: 3.54
  • Master's: 3.87

As reported in: Professional Education Data System (PEDS) of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

What Does NCATE Accreditation Mean?

NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.

Teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey that information so that students learn. The college or university must carefully assess this knowledge and skill to determine that candidates may graduate.

The institution must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn.

Candidates must be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. College and university faculty must model effective teaching practices.

And the school, college, or department of education must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to meet new standards.


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