JIU is currently in candidacy status through NCATE (ncate.org), generally considered to be the gold standard for accreditation in educator preparation programs. NCATE’s high standards for educator preparation (www.ncate.org/Standards/UnitStandards/UnitStandardsinEffect2008/tabid/476/Default.aspx) reveal the depth of expectations as universities prepare students for a career in education in P-12.
Students in educator preparation programs should be acutely aware of these standards:
Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills and Professional Dispositions
Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other professional school personnel know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical and professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. Assessments indicate that candidates meet professional, state and institutional standards.
Standard 2: Assessment System and Unit Evaluation
The unit has an assessment system that collects and analyzes data on the applicant qualifications, the candidate and graduate performance and unit operations to evaluate and improve the unit and its programs.
Standard 3: Field Experience and Clinical Practice
The unit and its school partners design, implement and evaluate field experiences and clinical practice so that teacher candidates and other school personnel develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.
Standard 4: Diversity
The unit designs, implements and evaluates curriculum and experiences for candidates to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. These experiences include working with diverse higher education and school faculty, diverse candidates and diverse students in P-12 schools.
Standard 5: Faculty Qualifications, Performance and Development
Faculty are qualified and model best professional practices in scholarship, service and teaching, including the assessment of their own effectiveness as related to candidate performance; they also collaborate with colleagues in the disciplines and schools. The unit systematically evaluates faculty performance and facilitates professional development.
Standard 6: Unit Governance and Resources
The unit has the leadership, authority, budget, personnel, facilities and resources, including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet professional, state and institutional standards.
The SoE’s Conceptual Framework is also a key component of NCATE expectations.