After a rigorous review process in late 2007, the University of Kentucky’s professional education unit recently was notified that it has received continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Unit Accreditation Board unanimously validated that all standards were met by the unit and that there were no areas requiring improvement.
“The University of Kentucky is gratified at the highly successful outcome of our NCATE continuing accreditation process,” said James Cibulka, head of the professional education unit and Dean of the College of Education. “It is rare that an institution goes through the process without receiving any areas for improvement. Our faculty and staff will continue to work with all our partners to assure that our educator preparation programs are of the highest quality.”
The continuing accreditation review focused on the professional education unit at UK, which includes initial and advanced educator preparation programs located in seven colleges on the UK campus: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Communications and Information Studies, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, and Social Work.
Forty-two programs in the unit were reviewed during NCATE’s visit in 2007. These programs included 18 leading to initial certification of teachers; 11 leading to advanced preparation of teachers; 11 leading to preparation of other school professionals, such as principals, superintendents, school social workers, school psychologists and school media librarians; and two endorsement programs in instructional computer technology and reading and writing.
“Our stellar report from NCATE is excellent news for faculty and students working in UK’s graduate-level educator preparation programs,” said Deborah Slaton, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Education. “Sometimes the ‘teacher education’ part of the NCATE name masks the fact that our graduate programs preparing other school professionals who require advanced training all participated in the NCATE review. Clearly, the College of Education and other colleges at UK are preparing leaders for schools in Kentucky and the nation.”
While the School of Education was established within the College of Arts and Sciences at UK in 1911, the College of Education was created in 1923 and the first bachelor’s degree in education was awarded in 1924. NCATE was founded in 1954 and the UK College of Education was one of the first institutions in the country to earn NCATE accreditation that year. The College has had continuous accreditation since that time.
“The success of our review here at UK can be attributed in large measure to the tremendous collaboration we have among our education and content faculty and our P-12 school partners,” said Rosetta Sandidge, NCATE Coordinator and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services in the College of Education. “Everyone has worked so hard to make sure that accreditation requirements are reflected in the day-to-day work of our educator preparation programs. These requirements are now part of what we do on an ongoing basis, and it’s rewarding to have these efforts recognized at both the national and state levels.”