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Ithaca College Receives Teacher Accreditation from National Organization

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College has received accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the professional accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools.

The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs and holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards, ensuring that their teacher candidates know their subject and how to teach it effectively.

Ithaca College offers initial teacher certification in 16 undergraduate programs and 3 graduate programs, and advanced teacher certification in 4 graduate programs, within the Schools of Music, Humanities and Sciences, and Health Sciences and Human Performance. About 125 students graduate each year with their initial certification and another 30 with advanced certification. This past year, programs that had to complete an additional level of review were also nationally recognized by their respective specialized professional associations.

NCATE accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that involves a comprehensive evaluation — including an on-site visit — of the professional education unit seeking the certification. The review is based on a set of research-based national standards developed by all sectors of the teaching profession.

At Ithaca, the All College Teacher Education Committee sets general policy and procedures to ensure that all teacher education programs meet or surpass both New York State and national accreditation standards.

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