For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s College of Education recently received a seven-year, full reaccreditation for the bachelor’s-level teacher preparation program and accreditation for the master’s degree program through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
“The accreditation indicates our programs meet standards related to knowledge, skills and professionalism, including field experiences, faculty qualifications and resources,” said Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education. “It reaffirms the high quality of preparation our students receive that readies them for successful teaching careers.”
Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in Bloomsburg University’s undergraduate programs in education; more than 400 are enrolled in graduate-level programs. In 2012, 307 students earned bachelor’s degrees in education and more than a third obtained teaching positions in this highly competitive field, Mauch noted.
School districts where recent graduates are teaching include Baltimore County, Dorchester County, Frederick County and Prince George’s County, Md.; Bering Strait and Fairbanks North Star, Alaska; Cartwright, Ariz.; Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.; Christina and Sussex Technical, Del.; Edgecombe County, N.C.; King George County, Va.; and Fulton County Ga.
BU’s next accreditation visit is scheduled for fall 2019. Three areas mentioned for improvement, related to assessment and diversity, will be addressed in annual reports before the onsite visit, Mauch added.
Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and are transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.