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 http://www.ncate.org/Accreditation/ProgramReview/tabid/116/Default.aspx.
In November 2012, the NCATE/CAEP Specialty Areas Studies Board (SASB) approved the new NCTE Standards. These new standards are approved for immediate use as the required standards for NCATE/CAEP program review. Teacher preparation programs are encouraged to begin implementing these standards and revising their assessments accordingly. Programs seeking NCATE/CAEP recognition may continue to submit program reports aligned to the 2003 standards until Fall 2014 at which time the new standards will become mandatory.
Below are links to the NCTE/NCATE Program Standards 2003:
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 Radford University
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NCTE/NCATE Program Coordinator
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
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Monique C. Lynch
Vice President, Program Review
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