A precandidate must meet each of NCATE’s preconditions before it becomes an official candidate for accreditation. The Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) officially accepts candidates at its semi-annual meetings in April and October. The on-site visit cannot take place before the EPP has been accepted as a candidate by the UAB. All education units are expected to become candidates at least one semester before the scheduled visit.
Rights and Responsibilities of NCATE Candidates for Accreditation
The designation of candidacy authorizes the education unit to advise its constituents that it has met the preconditions for and is actively seeking NCATE accreditation within two years. During this time, the EPP must be making a good-faith effort to meet NCATE’s standards and must host an onsite visit. Postponements beyond two years must be requested in writing and cannot extend beyond a five-year period. After five years, the process of establishing candidacy must be reinstated by the EPP.
Representation of Candidacy to the Public
EPPs are not required to disclose their status as a candidate for NCATE accreditation. If an EPP chooses make their candidacy status public, the EPP is required to represent their status and NCATE requirements accurately.
The following statement must be in all EPP publications in which it discloses that the professional education unit is a candidate for NCATE accreditation:
The [name of the professional accreditation unit] at [name of EPP] is a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. Candidacy status means that [name of the professional accreditation unit] has met preconditions for accreditation but is not accredited. This candidacy covers [initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs] at [name of all sites included in the accreditation]. However, the candidacy does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Examples of publications in which this statement could appear include catalogs, handbooks, the EPP's website, and advertisements. Candidates for accreditation are not eligible to use the NCATE logo or the phrase "NCATE accredited" or "an NCATE-accredited EPP."
Questions about the applicability of this statement to a particular document should be addressed to NCATE staff.
EPPs must ensure the adequacy and accuracy of information they make available to the public. All information released by an NCATE candidate EPP regarding its accreditation status and the availability and quality of its programs must be accurate and not misleading to prospective candidates or the public. If an accredited EPP or candidate for accreditation misrepresents its accreditation status to the public, the President of NCATE can make a recommendation to the UAB to reconsider an EPP's accreditation status.
Notification of Candidacy
NCATE notifies the Secretary of Education, the appropriate state agencies, the regional accrediting agencies, and the public of Unit Accreditation Board decisions to accept EPPs as candidates for accreditation, as well as the semester and year of the scheduled accreditation review.
Withdrawal or Lapse of Candidacy
Candidates for accreditation must (1) have an accreditation visit within five years of the semester in which candidacy is granted by the Unit Accreditation Board and must maintain other requirements for candidacy, which include (2) filing of parts A and B of the annual report and (3) payment of the annual candidacy fee. (EPPs that delay their accreditation by more than two years beyond inception of candidacy may be required to resubmit preconditions and/or program reports if major revisions in preconditions or program standards have occurred.)
A candidate EPP that does not maintain the requirements as noted above will be notified by NCATE staff that candidacy has lapsed. Candidates may also withdraw from candidacy by sending written notice to NCATE’s president. Within 30 days of lapse of candidacy or receipt of notice of the withdrawal of candidacy, NCATE will so notify the Secretary of Education, the appropriate state agencies, the regional accrediting agencies, and the public via NCATE’s website.
Return to Candidacy after a Denial of Accreditation
If an EPP is denied accreditation, the EPP may revert to candidacy status if its next accreditation visit (i.e., its second attempt to seek accreditation) is scheduled within two years of the UAB’s decision to deny accreditation. The EPP is not required to resubmit preconditions; however, it is expected to continue meeting all current preconditions in order for the visit to take place. If an EPP is denied accreditation for the second time, resubmission of preconditions for candidacy review is required.
Revised April 2009; April 2012.