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Dr. Ruth Caillouet[/caption]
he Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has re-accredited the Clayton State University Teacher Education unit for the next six years, affirming the unit’s mandate to make dreams real for both Clayton State students and those students they will be teaching in the future.
At its April meeting in St. Louis, NCATE decided to continue the accreditation of Teacher Education at Clayton State at the initial teacher preparation level. This re-accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.
According to Dr. Ruth Caillouet, Teacher Education chair, her program has met all NCATE standards for the second review in a row. In particular, the Clayton State Teacher Education unit was commended for its strengths in Standard 2 (Assessment System and Unit Evaluation), Standard 3 (Field Experiences and Clinical Practice), and Standard 5 (Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development). The unit was also commended for reaching the Target level, the highest mark for Standard 5; Faculty Qualifications.
The Standard 2 unit devotes considerable time and effort to assuring fairness and inter-rater reliability through its faculty norming sessions. It utilizes assessment data, video-based case studies, and role playing to assure that all faculty assign fair and unbiased scores. Where inconsistencies arise, the faculty works tirelessly to make changes in rubric terminology to assure fairness.
Standard 3 addresses the practice of having both content area and education faculty observe candidates has improved the performance of candidates and assisted mentor teachers. Mentor teachers and campus faculty are able to interact and improve content area pedagogical performance.
Standard 5 offers commendations on the quality of its faculty as well as the faculty's scholarly agenda.
“Special congratulations are in order because the UAB cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards,” wrote NCATE President James G. Cibulka in a letter to Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes.
"Clayton State University's Teacher Education unit recognizes the importance of accreditation and the value of this review process as it helps guide us in the important work of teacher education,” says Caillouet. “NCATE's findings also help confirm our own beliefs — that we have tremendous faculty who are committed to creating quality programs, that the 50 to 70 new teachers who graduate from our programs each year are truly competent, caring, committed, collaborative, and culturally responsive, and that we have an assessment system that allows us to make data driven decisions based on best practices in the teaching profession."
Caillouet also points out that, while there are seven faculty members in the Clayton State Teacher Education Department, there are approximately 30 other faculty from across the Clayton State campus who work with education programs.
Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have recently consolidated and are now transitioning into The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Clayton State’s next teacher education accreditation visit; to be held under the auspices of the new accrediting body, CAEP; is scheduled for fall 2019.
For more information about NCATE, go to: www.ncate.org