posted November 9, 1998

Education Program Receives NCATE Reaccreditation

The department of education at Hope College has received continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

          Hope's is one of 57 education programs that
  received either initial or continuing accreditation by
  NCATE's Unit Accreditation board in its most recent round of
  decisions.  The continuation will carry into the next
  millennium, lasting for five years.
          "The accreditation shows that we have met a very
  demanding external standard and have demonstrated the
  quality of learning and preparation for teaching that our
  students receive," said Dr. Nancy Miller, who is dean for
  the social sciences and a professor of education at Hope.
  "Beyond that, it's an indication of the high level of
  professionalism and expertise of the education faculty.  I
  think they are extraordinarily student-oriented, and they
  expend enormous energy in giving their students the very
  best possible preparation."
          NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of
  Education as the professional accrediting body for schools,
  departments and colleges of education.  On-site visits,
  document review and accreditation are all carried out by
  professionals from the education community, including
  teachers, school specialists and teacher educators, as well
  as members of the public and education policy makers.
  Participation by colleges and universities is voluntary.
          Approximately 500 institutions are accredited by
  NCATE, out of more than 1,200 offering teacher education
  programs.  The accredited institutions produce two-thirds of
  the nation's new teacher graduates.
          Hope's accreditation continuation follows an
  intensive review of the program by NCATE earlier this year.
  Hope's last review was in 1992.
          NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous
  standards set by the profession and members of the public.
  NCATE standards expect accredited education programs to
  ensure that subject matter content, and how to teach it, is
  a priority; to emphasize school district collaboration; to
  ensure that candidates can use technology in instruction;
  and to prepare teacher candidates to teach students from
  diverse backgrounds.  The standards also require each
  program to base its work on current and established research
  and best practice.
          Hope's department of education currently has 11
  full-time faculty, and annually certifies approximately 125
  graduates as teachers.  The college's program emphasizes
  practical experience for the education students, including
  placements in local classrooms from the very first class and
  participation in two national professional organizations,
  the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) and the
  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  (ASCD).
          Graduates of Hope's education program teach in
  public and private K-12 schools around the country.  Hope
  education alumni also serve as teachers overseas, Peace
  Corps volunteers, counselors in elementary and secondary
  schools, curriculum coordinators and supervisors, school
  administrators and college professors.