Heidelberg University’s School of Education has received full national accreditation, without qualifications, from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education. This accreditation is evidence that the university’s initial and advanced programs have proven its commitment to preparing quality teachers.
This accreditation is based on a rigorous review of data supporting program quality and continuous improvement. NCATE requires institutions to provide evidence that prospective educators possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions to positively affect the learning and development of diverse students. Teachers, for example, must know and understand the subject matter they plan to teach and be able to teach effectively so that all students learn.
The accreditation process also requires the institution to have an assessment system in place in order to ensure continuous improvement, as well as evidence of appropriate field experiences, diversity, quality faculty and resources. The institution must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn. The faculty must model effective teaching practices, and the department must have the resources (including information technology) necessary to prepare candidates to meet the rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.
As part of the accreditation process, the individual licensure programs were reviewed according to the standards developed by the appropriate professional education associations, providing evidence that candidates are prepared to teach in the fields in which they are licensed. The following programs at Heidelberg have fully met the professional standards and are nationally recognized: Early Childhood Education (by the National Association for the Education of Young Children), Middle Childhood Education (National Middle School Association), AYA Social Studies (National Council for the Social Studies), AYA Integrated Science (National Science Teachers Association), AYA Integrated Mathematics (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), AYA English/Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English), Multi-Age Health (American Association of Health Education).