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NCTE/NCATE Standards for English Language Arts - Previous Revision

The National Council of Teachers of English is one of eight subject specific organizations with membership in the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the professional accrediting agency for teacher preparation. Institutions seeking NCATE accreditation must meet carefully developed specific conditions. One of those conditions is program approval. NCTE is responsible for reviewing undergraduate English language arts education programs for institutions seeking NCATE accreditation.

English language arts education/English departments preparing curriculum reports for NCTE/NCATE review must follow the NCATE designated process described at

Below are links to the approved NCTE/NCATE Program Standards:

For help in preparing the NCTE/NCATE Report, institutions should use the documents below:

The following documents were prepared for NCTE/NCATE Program Reviewers:

Institutions which have "nationally recognized" programs by NCTE will be listed on our Web site. The list is updated periodically.

Program Report Examples

The institutions listed below are examples of reports from programs that were granted full national recognition by NCTE. Each program has given NCATE permission to post its report on the NCATE web site. Numerous examples are provided in order to show the multiple ways that programs can be successful. None of these reports are perfect; but each has strengths and each was able to demonstrate to NCTE that the program had developed assessments that could adequately demonstrate that their completers have mastered the NCTE Program Standards.

Muskingum College                                                        Northern Arizona University

Peabody College at Vanderbilt University                  Teachers College/Columbia University

Eastern Illinois University

Additional information on the NCATE accreditation process is available from NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, or call 202-466-7496.

NCTE Contact                                                         NCTE/NCATE Program Coordinator

Patricia Lambert Stock                                          Leni Cook
NCTE                                                                        California State University, Dominquez Hills
1111 W. Kenyon Road                                          310-377-3701
Urbana, IL 61801-1096
800-369-6283, x3632

NCATE Contact

Margie Crutchfield
Associate Vice President for Programs
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036-1023


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