Teacher Education Program Earns Professional Accreditation from NCATE

ncatelogowebThe reputation of Limestone College's Teacher Education Program as a launching pad for successful and award-winning careers for teachers was cemented in early May when the program received its initial accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Limestone program offers degrees in teacher education in the areas of English, elementary education, mathematics, music, and physical education.

NCATE's decision to grant accreditation to Limestone culminated several years of preparation and deliberation on the part of both the College and NCATE officials. During the methodical accreditation process, the NCATE team, comprised of educators from other colleges, found that Limestone program met each of the organization's six standards:

  1. The knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions of students in the program
  2. The assessment and evaluation system already in place by the College
  3. Field experiences and clinical practice experienced by the students
  4. Diversity of the students and faculty
  5. Faculty qualifications, performance, and development
  6. The ability of the program to provide the leadership, authority, budget, personnel, facilities, and resources, including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet professional, state, and institutional standards.

"NCATE is the highest standard for the preparation of classroom teachers," said Dr. Shelly Meyers, Director of Limestone's Teacher Education Program and Assistant Professor of Elementary Education. "Earning our national accreditation assures that we are graduating quality teachers who are prepared to move directly into the classroom."

Since 2005, 18 graduates of the program have been Teacher of the Year at their respective schools.

To ensure its continued commitment to distinction, Limestone will begin the reaccreditation process with NCATE in 2015.NCATE, which currently accredits 623 institutions nationwide, revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practice and research methods in order to ensure that the standards reflect a consensus about what is important in contemporary teacher preparation.