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The Department of Education at Valparaiso University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
The Education Department at Valparaiso University has achieved National Recognition in these areas under the aegis of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is unifying with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2013:
|Elementary Education||Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)|
|English/Language Arts Education||National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE )|
|Foreign Language Education||American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL )|
|Mathematics Education||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)|
|Physical Education||National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE)|
|School Psychology Education||National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)|
|Science Education||National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)|
|Social Studies Education||National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)|
|Special Education||Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)|
|Music Education||National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)|
The status of National Recognition indicates that the program has substantially met the standards of SPA and is a mark of distinction for the program. The program is listed on the NCATE web site as Nationally Recognized.