NCATE Accreditation

Fairmont State University’s teacher education program has a long history of national and state accreditation and program approval.  At the national level, we are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  NCATE is the leading accrediting agency for the preparation of education professionals and accredits more than 630 colleges of education.  The NCATE accreditation continuous improvement process supports our commitment to maintaining high quality undergraduate and graduate programs for the preparation of educators. Fairmont State University has been NCATE accredited since 1954.

What is NCATE?

NCATE is a coalition of 33 national professional education organizations that support quality teaching.  To achieve NCATE accreditation, institutions must provide evidence of competent teacher candidate performance and a coherent, well-designed program and assessment system.   The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as an accrediting body.  NCATE accreditation provides recognition that FSU’s teacher education program has met rigorous national professional standards for the preparation of educators.  

What are the NCATE standards?

The FSU Conceptual Framework describes our vision for the preparation of educators and guides the development and continuous improvement of our programs, courses, and assessment system; as well as the teaching, scholarship, and service of our faculty and the performance of our candidates to help all students learn.  The foundation of our conceptual framework is the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS). While each institution has its own unique conceptual framework, teacher education programs are evaluated by NCATE on a common set of standards:

What are the state standards West Virginia institutions must meet?

In addition to the NCATE process, we participate in the individual review of our programs through the West Virginia Department of Education’s Curriculum Analysis Report (CAR) process.  The CAR process evaluates the structure and the outcomes of each program against West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards and corresponding national specialized content standards.  At the state level we also regularly refile our programs to document improvements, innovations, and alignment of courses, clinical experiences, and assessments with the WVPTS.