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NCATE Review Completed at the Watson College of Education

Sunday, May 04, 2014

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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits the Watson College of Education. In March 2006, the college had an exceptionally positive review and received full approval of all undergraduate and graduate licensure programs. A reaccreditation review was conducted in 2013-14, culminating in an on-site visit from NCATE officials March 30 through April 1.

A verbal exit report provided to Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum and UNCW Provost Denise Battles following the visit was again exceptionally positive. NCATE officials called the Watson College “an amazing special place;” a vibrant intellectual community with a “staggering commitment to candidates.” Officials commented that the college serves as “a beacon for those in the schools whose flame may be wavering,” and summed up the visit in a single word: “inspirational.”

A comprehensive written report will be issued by NCATE in the fall.

The faculty and administration of the Watson College value the processes of accreditation and program approval. These processes are an important part of the commitment to the quality preparation of educators who can serve in leadership roles in the state and nation. The preparation for an accreditation/program approval visit encourages university personnel and public school partners to re-examine program components and coherence to ensure that state and national standards are being addressed. The feedback obtained from national and state team members are utilized to continue UNCW’s efforts to improve educator preparation programs.

Ann Potts, associate dean in the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach and Tamara Walser, associate professor and director of assessment, with assistance from Glenda Bowen, executive assistant in the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach, led the effort for the intensive review as part of the Watson College’s ongoing continuous assessment process.