The major nation-wide teacher education accreditation body recently accredited Oklahoma City University’s Education Department. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) cited OCU’s service leadership as its program strength and awarded approval on every aspect of the review criteria.
NCATE, founded in 1954, uses a performance-based system to verify that approved programs help foster “competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve education.”
Lois Lawler-Brown, chairwoman of the OCU department, began organizing the accreditation process five years ago.
“We are proud to receive this accreditation, and we are very pleased at the many favorable comments we received when the board visited our program last spring,” Lawler-Brown said. “Our department worked as a team with other members of the university and our community partners to complete a comprehensive self-study. We received an overwhelming amount of support in this process.”
OCU passed every requirement in the review criteria that includes candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and unit governance and resources.
The university will be due for its next assessment in 2019.
The OCU Education Department also earned accreditation from the state last month, successfully meeting all state requirements in addition to the national standards.
The department offers certification programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary and PK-12 education.
OCU President Robert Henry said the accreditation achievements will help the university recruit the best teacher candidates who hope to make positive differences with children and youth.
“Oklahoma City University’s Education Department has developed many exceptional teachers through the years, and we look forward to seeing our alumni continue to shine in classrooms and communities throughout their careers.”