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Endorsement Programs in the NCATE Review

The following policy is intended to help institutions determine which of their programs that could be considered endorsements and/or add-ons (or a similar term used in their state) should be included in the unit review and be submitted for national program review if required to do so by their states. The first set of bullets in the following criteria describe what programs should NOT be submitted. The second set of criteria describe what programs should be submitted. If a unit is still unsure how to apply these criteria they should contact NCATE staff to make a determination.

Programs that do not need to be submitted
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  • Endorsements and add on programs that require only a few courses, insufficient content, and/or limited requirements are not included in the NCATE review and will not be listed among the offering of an accredited professional education unit.

  • Minors in subject areas are not normally submitted for national program review unless the state agency requires them to be reviewed against national or state program standards.

  • Short-term programs offered as professional development for teachers and other educators are not included in the NCATE review and will not be listed among the programs of an accredited professional education unit.


Programs that must be submitted for SPA review (if required to do so by the state) and that are included in the NCATE unit review include the following:

  • Endorsement and add-on programs that are similar in content and requirements to other programs within that content area

  • Programs that are of sufficient breadth and depth to meet the SPA standards.

All programs will continue to have the option to submit if they so choose.

Adopted: 10/09


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