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UNCW's Watson College of Education Earns NCATE Reaccreditation; Dean Teitelbaum Receives Alumni Award from UW-Madison

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean of the Watson College of Education, is among this year’s winners of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award given by the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Education. The award, the School of Education's highest honor, recognizes a career of extraordinary accomplishment. He will be recognized during the 2014-15 Alumni Awards ceremonies in the spring.

“I’m quite honored to receive this award from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Madison, a large school of education with a long history. But in no way do I feel ‘distinguished,’” Teitelbaum said.  “Still, I’m certainly pleased to know that folks at my alma mater consider me deserving of recognition for the work that I have done in higher education during the last 30 years.”

Teitelbaum received his Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1985, and he earned a minor from the Department of Educational Policy Studies.  Before joining UNCW, Teitelbaum was the dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Teitelbaum recently led the Watson College through its reaccreditation by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The college met rigorous standards designed to assess teacher preparation programs.

NCATE, now the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), is a nonprofit organization that helps establish high quality teacher education programs through the process of accreditation. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a professional accrediting body. 

The Watson College had to meet national standards in the areas of candidate knowledge; skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and unit governance and resources.  A report cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards, according to a letter from CAEP president James G. Cibulka.

“The Watson College engages in continuous evaluation and improvement efforts, some linked to ongoing state reviews.  But it is the national accreditation done by NCATE that provides a barometer of how well our college is faring in relation to the expectations of our peers from across the country,” Teitelbaum said.  “To be told that we have ‘no areas for improvement’  helps to inform students who come to study with us that they are in excellent hands, that the teacher education program they enroll in at UNCW will guide them toward the understandings, skills and dispositions they need to be outstanding teachers.”

The college’s next accreditation review is scheduled for spring 2021.