Stay informed of news related to Walden University’s progress as we pursue National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation.
Walden Receives NCATE Accreditation
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, which was identified by U.S. News & World Report as having the largest online graduate program in education by enrollment (May 2010), has received accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education.
NCATE accreditation is a nationally recognized standard of excellence in the preK–12 education profession and indicates that a university has met the following rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public:
National Recognition of Walden Programs
As part of the NCATE process, the college was required to submit program reports to the Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) for national review. Six reports were submitted to NCATE and all have been nationally recognized to date. The programs that now are nationally recognized are:
- Special Education Endorsement Program in Learning Disabilities (K–12)
- Special Education Endorsement Program in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (K–12)
- Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 3)
- Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a specialization in Special Education, Learning Disabilities (K–12)
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)
Walden Selected as NCATE Pilot Institution
Walden is serving as a pilot institution as NCATE redesigns their process for accreditation. As a pilot institution, we submitted our NCATE Institutional Report (IR) and supporting exhibits addressing all NCATE standards in April 2011, approximately six months before the on-site visit.
An off-site NCATE team of evaluators will review the materials and provide feedback to us within 30–45 days after receiving the report, allowing us time to address their questions or concerns and incorporate their feedback into our plan for the on-site visit. A smaller NCATE team of evaluators will conduct the formal on-site visit and will focus primarily on concerns addressed in the report.
We are very excited about this unique opportunity to serve as a pilot institution, and we look forward to helping NCATE redesign the accreditation process for all institutions.
Education Accreditation FAQs (NCATE)