Northwestern earns continued NCATE accreditation

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Northwestern earns continued NCATE accreditation

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Division of Education recently received continued accreditation at the advanced preparation level under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.

NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student-learning.

The accreditation review team specifically lauded the program for finding no areas for improvement in two standards – Content and Pedagogical Knowledge, and Clinical Partnerships and Practice.

“Northwestern has a long and distinguished history of preparing future educators,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “Our continued NCATE accreditation is a validation of the outstanding work that is done every day within the Division of Education. I congratulate the faculty and students for meeting the rigorous standards required for accreditation.”

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

For more information on Northwestern’s Division of Education contact Dr. Beverly Warden, chair of the Division of Education, at (580) 327-8450 or