Accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) signifies that a variety of licensure programs demonstrate a high level of quality in programs, candidates, faculty and operations. NCATE accreditation depends in part upon national recognition of individual licensure programs by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), and on program approval by state departments of education. In order to demonstrate that programs meet benchmarks of NCATE Professional Standard 1 Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions, the unit must provide evidence of candidate proficiencies based on assessments, rubrics and candidate data that are aligned with professional standards (Retrieved October 22, 2009 from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education at http://www.npbea.org/ncate.php). This fact carries with it implications for buy-in at many levels: the university, the unit that offers degrees and/or certificates, and the faculty.
"Seeking NCATE Accreditation: Leadership Perspectives and Tips,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 8
, Article 35.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol8/iss2/35