Assessment, Accreditation and Program Approval Overview

The College of Education desires outstanding candidate performance, excellent professional preparation programs, and an effective way to examine and communicate our progress that is nationally recognized.  Our Comprehensive Assessment System, paired with the excellent work by our faculty, helps us meet these goals. 

UNC Charlotte is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As a University, we participate in the process of self-study and respond to these elements of SACS accreditation: Institutional Purpose; Institutional Effectiveness; Educational Programs; Educational Support Services; and Administrative Processes.  Our campus-wide strategic planning processes and our departmental/ College Annual Reports, including student learning outcome data and our actions, based on those data, are essential elements of the regional accreditation process.

The University of North Carolina General Administration requires that all professional education programs be nationally accredited.  We are proud that UNC Charlotte has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1984. NCATE is recognized by the US Department of Education as the accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher. In addition to the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework, the NCATE Standards address:

I. Candidate Performance

Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions

Standard 2: Assessment System and Unit Evaluation

II. Unit Capacity

Standard 3: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

Standard 4: Diversity

Standard 5: Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development

Standard 6: Unit Governance and Resources

All professional education programs that lead to a license in North Carolina must receive program approval from the North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction.  

Initial Program Approval requires the submission of a comprehensive overview of the program including how the program addresses the North Carolina Professional Teaching StandardsNorth Carolina Standards for Graduate Teacher Candidates or the North Carolina Standards for School Executives, subject area standards, and the 21st century knowledge, skills, and dispositions. 21stCentury Skills in North Carolina

Continuing Program Approval will be based on the performance of candidates as demonstrated in their Licensure (electronic) Portfolios.  Candidates for licensure must demonstrate that they meet all professional and subject area standards by submitting for external review an electronic portfolio which shows they meet the proficiency-level standards.  An annual review of candidate evidence using the Teacher Candidate Evaluation Rubric or the North Carolina School Executive Evaluation Rubric for Preservice Candidates will be coordinated by the State Board of Education.  Random samples from each institution will be reviewed each year.  Each specialty area program will be reviewed on a systematic basis, at least once every seven years.

Portfolios for teacher candidates must meet standards for:

  • Demonstrating leadership, advocacy, and high ethical standards
  • Establishing respectful environments for diverse student populations
  • Knowing the subjects they teach in ways that are relevant to students
  • Facilitating learning for all students
  • Reflecting on their practice by analyzing student learning.

Portfolios for candidates for the school administration license must meet standards for:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Instructional leadership
  • Cultural leadership
  • Human Resource leadership
  • Managerial leadership
  • External Development leadership
  • Micropolitical leadership

Graduate Programs in Counseling at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Standards for programs that lead to a state license for public school counseling are under development and review by the North Carolina State Board of Education.


                                                                                                                        Updated July 2012