NCATE Accreditation

The Pace University School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Learn more about NCATE and the value of this accreditation below:

NCATE is the teaching profession’s organization to help establish high quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments  of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

What is NCATE?

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a non-profit,  non-governmental alliance of  33 national professional education and public organizations representing millions of Americans who support quality teaching.

NCATE currently accredits 632 colleges of education with 78 more seeking NCATE accreditation. NCATE accreditation is a mark of distinction, and provides recognition that the college of education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other educators.

In NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence of competent teacher candidate performance. Teacher candidates must know the subject matter they plan to teach and how to teach effectively so that all students learn.

NCATE makes a difference in teacher preparation. Prepared teachers make a difference in P–12 student learning. Study after study indicates that student achievement increases when teachers are fully prepared and fully licensed. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as an accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education.

When a school of education is NCATE accredited , it provides assurance that the school’s teacher preparation program has met national standards set by the teaching profession and has undergone rigorous, external,  impartial review by professionals, policy makers, and representatives of the public.


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