USC Rossier Receives National NCATE Accreditation

NCATE LogoIn an announcement received by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Rossier’s educator preparation programs have received official national recognition and accreditation by NCATE, the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The announcement followed an intense accreditation preparation process, and visits from the organization’s committee.  The official letter came from NCATE President James G. Cibulka last week.

NCATE was founded in 1954 and is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and are now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

For the first time in 25 years, USC Rossier sought and has now received this national accreditation for both its Masters and EdD programs.  Rossier applied for accreditation in conjunction with the USC School of Social Work, whose educator preparation programs also have received accreditation.

Quoting the CAEP confirmation letter, accreditation is “at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. This accreditation decision indicates that the educator preparation provider and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

Rossier’s programs were judged on, and met, all six of the key standards: candidate knowledge, skills and professional disposition; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experience and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications and professional development; and unit governance and resources.

Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher stated, “Our accreditation team of Professors Margo Pensavalle and Kenneth Yates and their staff worked exceptionally hard to prepare for this complex and critical process. It was a tremendous group effort on behalf of the faculty and staff, and this was recognized by both the state and the national accreditation boards.   I want to thank and commend our faculty for the work that they do every day to maintain the excellence of our programs.”