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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education has continued accreditation of Birmingham-Southern College's
professional education program.
The Board of Examiners Team from NCATE was on campus last spring to
review BSC's Division of Education. After visiting all areas of the college,
the team recently recommended continued accreditation of the education
program for the next five years.
The program will not receive another NCATE on-site reaccreditation review
until spring 2006.
NCATE, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the professional
accrediting body for schools, departments, and colleges of education,
accredits some 525 institutions, which produce two-thirds of the nation's
new teacher graduates each year.
Among the rigorous standards that NCATE-accredited schools must meet
include teacher candidates who have in-depth knowledge of the subject
matter that they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey
it so that students learn; the means to assess this knowledge and skill
to determine that candidates may graduate; partnerships with K-12 schools
that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students
learn; candidates who are prepared to understand and work with diverse
student populations; faculty members who model effective teaching practices;
and ample resources, including information technology resources, necessary
to prepare candidates to meet new standards.
NCATE accreditation decisions are determined by professionals from the
education community, including teachers, school specialists, and teacher
educators, as well as education policymakers and members of the public.
Birmingham-Southern offers undergraduate majors in elementary/collaborative
education; 11 areas of secondary education; art, dance