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Nov. 13, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College education program receives continued accreditation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has continued accreditation of the professional education program at Birmingham-Southern College.

The Board of Examiners team from NCATE was on campus last spring to review BSC's Department of Education. After visiting all areas of the college, the team recently recommended continued accreditation of the education program for the next five years.

During its most recent on-site visit NCATE cited, among other things, its particular satisfaction with the exceptional manner in which BSC handles clinical and field-based experiences for its students. The team further commended the college for its collaboration between education faculty and other BSC faculty as well as off-campus constituents.

The Board of Examiners team also noted its overall impression of the high quality of BSC students, noting their “confidence, ability to articulate, compassion, demeanor, and dignity.”

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.

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, and music education; and educational services

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