NCATE logoWalden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from April 24, 2012, to June 30, 2019. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.

What Is NCATE?

NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists, and administrators.

What Does Accreditation Mean to Educators?

NCATE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as an accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE accreditation is a nationally recognized standard of excellence in the education profession and indicates that a university has met the following rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.

  • Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Dispositions
  • Assessment System and Unit Evaluation
  • Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
  • Diversity
  • Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
  • Unit Governance and Resources

NCATE accreditation affirms the quality of Walden’s P–12 education programs, graduates, faculty, and staff and our commitment to improving educator effectiveness.

Conceptual Framework

NCATE’s rigorous performance-based accreditation process provides useful information about Walden’s philosophy and the quality of our programs, faculty, and graduates. As part of the NCATE accreditation process, Walden developed a conceptual framework that outlines our philosophy and shared vision for preparing educators to work in P–12 schools.
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Assessment and Accountability

To enhance the quality of our programs, Walden developed an assessment system designed to ensure that all students graduating from the Riley College of Education and Leadership demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be successful.
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