Fisher’s School of Education Receives Professional Accreditation
Studies show that teacher quality is the most important factor in P–12 student achievement. But how do we know that our children’s teachers enter the classroom ready to help them learn? Professional accreditation is one way to ensure the public that schools of education are graduating well-qualified teachers ready for today’s classrooms.
St. John Fisher College’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, first accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2006, has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation’s children by achieving continuing accreditation this month under NCATE’s performance-oriented standards. Fisher’s next accreditation site visit will take place in fall 2018.
“I am delighted that Fisher’s School of Education has received continuing accreditation by NCATE,” said Dr. Wendy Paterson, Dean of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at Fisher. “This is an enormous achievement that speaks to the quality of our initial and advanced teacher preparation programs. Kudos to the entire faculty and staff for their role in our success.”
NCATE currently accredits 623 institutions, which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year. Ninety-nine institutions are candidates or pre-candidates for accreditation.
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.