School of Education Accreditation

The Ella Cline Shear School of Education was awarded accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of April 20, 2007.

NCATE is a coalition of more than thirty-three professional associations and as such is recognized as the professional accrediting body by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Its dual mission is accountability and improvement in teacher preparation.

The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.

NCATE is a performance-based accreditation which requires evidence of:

  • Competent candidate performance
  • Subject knowledge and effective teaching

In accredited schools, candidates gain:

  • A broad liberal arts education
  • In-depth study of content to be taught
  • A foundation of professional knowledge
  • Diverse, well-planned clinical experiences
  • Evaluation of readiness through multiple performance measures
  • The ability to use knowledge in practice

Completion of the NCATE accreditation process provides assurance to the public that graduates of accredited institutions have acquired the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.

The Ella Cline Shear School of Education mission and conceptual framework guide all its programs. The conceptual framework is an expression of the School's and the College's mission, and has three primary strands: Teacher as Scholar, Teacher as Constructivist Educator, and Teacher as Reflective Practitioner.

Commissioner's Regulations 52.21 (b)(2)(iv)(c) require all teacher education programs in New York State to be accredited by December 31, 2006.

The Ella Cline Shear School of Education is currently working toward re-accreditation through NCATE.  An on-site review will take place in the fall of 2012.

For information on the Ella Cline Shear School of Education continuing accreditation, please contact:

John Williams
Accreditation Coordinator
202 South Hall
Geneseo, New York  14454

Phone: 585-245-5473
Fax: 585-245-5220