MidAmerica Nazarene University's Department of Education has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for our nation's children by achieving accreditation under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education. The accreditation applies to MNU's undergraduate teacher education program, as well as its graduate programs in education and educational technology.
Studies show that teacher quality is the most important factor in P-12 student achievement, and professional accreditation through NCATE is one way to ensure the public that schools of education are graduating well-qualified teachers ready for today's classrooms. NCATE currently accredits 614 institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation's new teacher graduates each year.
As an NCATE-accredited school, MidAmerica's teacher education programs have to meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Teacher candidates must have an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn. The college or university must carefully assess this knowledge and skill to determine that candidates may graduate. The institution must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. College and university faculty must model effective teaching practices. The division must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to meet new standards.
MidAmerica Nazarene University's Department of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergrads can earn teacher education degrees in elementary or secondary education with concentrations in biology, business, English language arts, history and government, math, music, physical education, Spanish and speech/theater. Graduate studies are offered for Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Special Education.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE is composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations representing millions of Americans committed to quality teaching. It was founded in 1954 by the teaching profession and the states. NCATE continues its mission today: the profession and states working together for excellence in teacher preparation and development.
More information about NCATE is available at www.ncate.org.
- SOE Candidate Performance Data
- MNU NCATE Institutional Report