What is the role of NCATE’s State Relations program?
The primary role of the NCATE State Relations program is to foster partnerships in which states and NCATE conduct joint state approval and NCATE accreditation reviews. NCATE State Relations staff works with state staff to decide the type of partnership that best suits the state's needs and situation. NCATE State Relations staff also work closely with state staff to ensure they understand the process for completing the partnership agreement and its implications for institutional reviews.
What technical assistance does NCATE State Relations provide the states
Over the past sixteen years, NCATE has provided significant professional development and training to state staff who administer the state partnership program. These services include the annual three-day, all-expense paid NCATE Clinic that helps state staff improve their understanding of the systems for teacher education accountability. The majority of NCATE teacher education staff from partner states also participate in NCATE Board of Examiner training at no charge to the states. Those who serve on the NCATE BOE have the opportunity to visit other states and institutions and observe a broad range of different systems for assuring quality teacher education—at NCATE’s expense. These experiences are useful to their work at the state level in assuring teacher education accountability. In addition, NCATE provides state-based training sessions designed to prepare reviewers to evaluate teacher education institutions in the state. The state trainers are used in evaluating both NCATE and non-NCATE institutions alike.
Do states have access to NCATE publications and permission to duplicate NCATE documents?
All of NCATE’s resources including its research, handbooks and institutional training sessions are made available to the states for their use and “reuse.”
Is NCATE State Relations staff involved with federal and state legislative or regulatory activities?
NCATE State Relations staff monitors state and federal legislation and regulations related to teacher education and teacher quality. It shares that information with NCATE’s State Partners and acts as a clearinghouse for states that wish to inform or alert other states about issues that have an effect on teacher education and licensing. In collaboration with other national education organizations, NCATE State Relations provides state and federal policy makers with information related to accreditation and other matters concerning the preparation and development of teachers.
Do states require public and/or private institutions to obtain NCATE accreditation?
While NCATE accreditation remains voluntary, some states do require that all of its institutions be NCATE accredited.
How many institutions are accredited in my state?
See: NCATE's List of Accredited Institutions.
Do states have access to NCATE's Accreditation Information Management System?
States have secure access to accreditation information about the institutions in their state including accreditation status, program and unit review documents, and the schedules and membership for visiting teams.