2009.06.01 > For Immediate Release
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National Accreditation Renewed for College of Education
Omaha - The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has renewed its accreditation of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education. The recognition means that UNO continues to produce quality teachers and other K-12 administrators through its education programs.
In commencement ceremonies conducted May 8, the College of Education awarded teaching certificates or degrees to 155 undergraduate students and 48 graduate students. Approximately 60 percent of all College of Education graduates stay in Nebraska, with most students teaching in the Omaha metro area.
"The review and granting of continuing accreditation is an affirmation and confirmation that our programs meet the highest recognized standards, and that we are preparing and graduating professionals ready to meet the challenges of 21st Century schools," said David Conway, interim dean of UNO’s College of Education.
NCATE-accredited programs must meet six standards created by teaching professionals and the public. They are as follows:
• Teacher candidates must be knowledgeable about the subject matter they plan to teach, and possess skills necessary to successfully deliver the material to students.
• The college must have an adequate assessment system in place for candidates prior to graduation.
• Partnerships with P-12 schools in the community must exist to develop necessary skill sets to help students learn.
• Teacher candidates should be prepared to encounter and understand diversity within student populations.
• Faculty must serve as models for effective teaching programs.
• The college must possess the resources – including adequate Information Technology equipment and training – necessary to prepare teacher candidates.
The UNO College of Education’s teacher education programs meet all elements of these six standards at both the initial teacher preparation level and advanced preparation level. No areas for improvement were noted at either level. A comprehensive state accreditation process was also successfully completed through the Nebraska Department of Education just prior to the NCATE visit.
Preparation for the accreditation begins at least two years prior to the NCATE visit. The completion of an institutional self-study report requires the full cooperation and efforts of faculty, staff, department chairs, students and school and community partners.
In November 2008, an eight-person NCATE team conducted an on-site visit to UNO.
"We are very pleased to receive continuing accreditation from NCATE,” Conway said. “We’re also proud of the contributions of our faculty, staff, students, graduates, and school and community partners in working together to ensure that we are preparing highly qualified professionals. Maintaining our accreditation truly is a collaborative and cooperative effort."
The Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education. NCATE is composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations representing millions of Americans committed to quality teaching. It was founded in 1954 by the teaching profession and the states. NCATE currently accredits 632 colleges of education with nearly 100 more seeking accreditation.
For more information about the continued accreditation of UNO's teacher education programs, contact Conway at (402) 554-2719.
For more information about NCATE accreditation, visit www.ncate.org.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908. This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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