The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The NCATE board of examiners conducted an on-site visit in Fall 2013 and cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards used as measures.
When a school of education is NCATE accredited, it provides an assurance that the school’s teacher preparation program has met national standards set by the teaching field at large and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers, and representatives of the public.
NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters the development of competent classroom teachers, specialists, and adminstrators who work to improve the education of all P–12 students and help all students.
Graduates from an NCATE accredited teacher preparation program are in high demand because they are well-prepared for initial licensing and advanced board certiﬁcation. Candidate performance at NCATE institutions is thoroughly assessed throughout the program of study and before the candidate is recommended for licensure.
Many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE- accredited schools, so graduates of NCATE-accredited schools will generally ﬁnd it easier to apply for licensure when they move out of state.
Individuals applying to an NCATE accredited school will have the assurance that the school’s educator program has met national standards and received the profession’s ‘seal of approval.’
Beginning with our 2013-2020 accreditation cycle, UNC Charlotte will transition to aligning our programs to the newly developed CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) standards released in 2013. CAEP Standards can be viewed on their web site.
The College's Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Benefits of Attending an Accredited Counseling Program
Accredited Programs provide the following to students:
- recognition that the program has been evaluated and meets or exceeds national standards
- knowledge that the graduate has met prerequisites for credentialing and is ready for entry into professional practice
- understanding that the focus of the program will be on professional counseling, not psychology, education or other helping professions