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What is NCATE?

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is an affiliate of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  NCATE consolidated with TEAC in 2013 to form CAEP.  As of July 1, 2013, CAEP began serving all legacy NCATE and TEAC institutions as CAEP Educator Preparation Providers.  Montclair State University is a legacy NCATE institution.

NCATE accredited professional education units and programs since it was founded in 1954. Five groups were instrumental in the creation of NCATE: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), the National Education Association (NEA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). NCATE formally accredited 656 colleges of education.

NCATE was the profession’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE worked to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fostered competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students.

CAEP’s mission is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement in the effectiveness of preparation to strengthen P-12 student learning.  CAEP serves more than 900 educator preparation providers.  All providers formerly accredited by NCATE now participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

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