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School of Education Accredited

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The School of Education reached a milestone in its history last fall when it received for the first time accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

NCATE is a nationwide accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.

NCATE determines which schools, colleges and departments of education meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school specialists for the classroom. Its performance-oriented standards are set by the teaching profession and members of the public. Many see its recognition as a key to teacher accountability and program quality.

Some 400 candidates complete SSU credential programs each year and the school enrolls approximately 700 students in its various teacher preparation programs.

NCATE currently accredits 614 teacher education institutions, which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year. In spring 2005, 10 programs at Sonoma State received state reaccreditation through 2010 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, eight of which are in the School of Education.