The Education Department at King’s College was recently reaccredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers the department’s initial teacher preparation programs and its post bachelor’s degree teacher preparation programs.
The Education Department offers bachelor’s degree programs in PK-4 (pre-school – grade 4), and specified secondary areas (grades 7-12) in biology, chemistry, citizenship, English, French, general science, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish. The department also offers special education courses to students who wish to obtain dual certification in either PK-8 or 7-12. Additionally, advanced degree programs are offered for reading specialist certification, English as a Second Language (ESL) certification and an autism endorsement. A post-baccalaureate program or “Fast Track” route to initial certification is available to all candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree and who have an appropriate major.
King’s College’s Education Department remains the only Wyoming Valley institution of higher learning and one of only four private colleges or universities in Pennsylvania to earn this prestigious accreditation. The program received its initial five-year NCATE accreditation in 2008.
The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
The mission of the Education Department is to “prepare reflective practitioners who are recognized for their vision, motivation, knowledge, skills and dispositions as they develop, manage and monitor communities of learning in a diverse and complex world.”
The King’s undergraduate and graduate programs met every NCATE standard, including candidates knowledge, skills and dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and, unit governance and resources.
NCATE (www.ncate.org) accredits more than 600 institutions of higher learning by insuring adherence to performance-oriented standards. NCATE accredited institutions produce two-thirds of the nation’s new education graduates each year.
“This accreditation would not have been possible without the assistance of the local education community,” said Nicholas Holodick, Vice president for Academic Affairs at King’s. “Many of the members of the local education community who we work with on student teaching and other projects were invaluable resources in sharing information on the King’s program with NCATE representatives."
NCATE accreditation standards incorporate the model state licensing principles developed by a task force of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. Founded in 1954 by the teaching profession and the states, NCATE is composed of more than 30 professional and policymaker organizations.
King’s College is a Catholic College Sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.