Ottawa University Receives Continued NCATE Accreditation

Posted by Paula Paine on June 2, 2014 in "Your OU" NCATE-Print-Logo.jpgOttawa University’s Kansas and Online unit received word on May 23, 2014, that it has received continued accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2020 for its initial and advanced preparation of teachers.

OU’s teacher education programs are housed within the School of Education, which, through NCATE’s continued accreditation, demonstrates the University’s ongoing efforts towards excellence in providing the pedagogical and experiential training of tomorrow’s educators. Of the six standards met for continued accreditation, Ottawa University made particularly strong strides towards meeting NCATE’s target for Standards Three, Field Experiences and Clinical Practice, and Five, Faculty Qualifications, Performance and Development, with no areas for improvement cited for these standards in the accrediting body’s action report. 16 programs in the unit were reviewed during NCATE’s visit in 2013. These programs included 11 leading to initial certification of teachers and 5 leading to advanced preparation of teachers, including English as a Second Language and building principal licenses.

The School of Education has demonstrated strength in these two areas through a number of initiatives, such as hosting faculty development symposiums, expanding professional development resources, employing doctoral level and published faculty, expanding school district-based relati2013_AmyHogan_Mug.jpgonships and investing in the quality of teacher candidates’ field experiences. The result is that Ottawa University’s School of Education graduates are often sought after by local school districts because of their reputation as “well-prepared, exciting, young educators.”

Dr. Amy Hogan serves as the Dean of the School of Education and shares the University’s delight at achieving this milestone. “Our continuing accreditation success affirms the dedicated and thoughtful collaboration we have among our education faculty, our university community, and our P-12 school partners. “

Accredited by NCATE since 2000, Ottawa University provides preparation for teachers on the residential campus in Ottawa, KS; at the adult campus in Overland Park, KS, and online. Degree offerings range from undergraduate degrees associated with KS licensure pathways to a range of master’s degrees in areas such as Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Education Intervention, and Education Technology. Endorsements and/or secondary education minors are also offered for a wide range of majors, depending on location.

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.