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SOURCE USC Rossier
LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- USC Rossier School of Education's educator preparation programs have received official national recognition and accreditation by NCATE, the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education. The announcement, which was received by USC President C. L. Max Nikias in May, followed an intense accreditation preparation process, and visits from the organization's committee. The official letter came from NCATE President James G. Cibulka last week.
NCATE was founded in 1954 and 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 now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
For the first time in 25 years, USC Rossier sought and has now received this national accreditation for both its Masters and Ed.D. programs. Rossier applied for accreditation in conjunction with the USC School of Social Work, whose educator preparation programs also have received accreditation.
Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher stated, "In 2009, USC Rossier incorporated a groundbreaking online learning platform, greatly expanding our national and international reach and impact. We now have students in almost all 50 states and nearly 40 countries. With this growth, we recognized the need for this higher level of accreditation. NCATE/CAEP is the highest standard for national teacher accreditation, and its imprimatur will help all our well-prepared graduates as they pursue careers across the country and beyond."
Quoting the CAEP confirmation letter, accreditation is "at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. This accreditation decision indicates that the educator preparation provider and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community."
Rossier's programs were judged on, and met, all six of the key standards: candidate knowledge, skills and professional disposition; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experience and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications and professional development; and unit governance and resources.
Barbara Goen, USC Rossier
Assistant Dean for Communications
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