FLORENCE, S.C. – The teacher education program at Francis Marion University has maintained its accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), based in Washington, D.C.
The official approval came Nov. 4 in a letter to FMU president Fred Carter from Arthur E. Wise, president of NCATE. NCATE is the most prestigious national accreditation that university teacher education programs can receive. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education in the United States.
"This reaccreditation is due in large part to the diligence and hard work of the faculty," said Carter. "We truly have one of the finest schools of education in the state and one of the most accomplished faculties."
FMU first gained NCATE accreditation in 1999. Accreditation, once granted, must be constantly maintained. Continuing accreditation requires institutions to maintain high standards, employ a comprehensive assessment system to monitor the program, file annual reports, and host an on-site Board of Examiners evaluation team every five years.
"The NCATE label indicates that we have a quality program," said Ron Faulkenberry, dean of the FMU School of Education. "NCATE accreditation is an arduous process. I congratulate the School of Education faculty for their excellent work in maintaining our accreditation and national recognition."
NCATE currently accredits 602 colleges of education with nearly 100 more seeking NCATE accreditation. NCATE is a coalition of 33 member organizations of teachers, teacher educators, content specialists, and local and state policy makers. All are committed to quality teaching, and together, the coalition represents over 3 million individuals.
FMU has awarded 4,460 undergraduate and graduate degrees in education over the last 35 years, and has more graduates employed as teachers in the Pee Dee region than any other university.
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