NCATE accreditation is a performance-based system, founded on evidence, demonstrating that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. At Midwestern State University, the West College of Education Educator Preparation Program is a practitioner-based program. It must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in the P-12 classroom (NCATE, 2011).
As a professional education unit that is accredited by NCATE, we are:
Involved in ongoing planning and evaluation;
Engaged in continuous assessment and development;
Committed to a process where faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and are
NCATE’s mission is to provide accountability and improvement in teacher preparation through a standards-based assessment system with the goal of encouraging accredited institutions to employ continuous improvement, founded on accurate and consistent data.
NCATE’s standards provide assurance that MSU candidates are engaged in a rigorous process to prepare them for a career in teaching. The process is rich with knowledge, skills, dispositions, and field experience through an integrated curriculum that establishes a systematic preparation program in which the candidate transitions from classroom to methods to student teaching. This process ensures the application of knowledge and the acquisition of skills through a residency-styled model of student teaching in which the student teacher is supervised, coached, and instructed by experienced educators that include Mentor Teachers, University Supervisors, Focused-Content Supervisors, and University Instructors. Our candidates are observed on a regular basis and their effect on P-12 student learning is comprehensively evaluated.
The accreditation process involves partnerships with local, area, and regional school districts, regional service centers, and the community. The participation by our partners in education is greatly appreciated. Through successful collaborations with our local stakeholders and the administration, faculty, students of MSU, expertise, talent and commitment were harnessed across campus on all levels to accomplish this process.