Representation of NCATE Accreditation and National Program Review to the Public

NCATE requires institutions to include the following statement in all institutional publications in which it discloses that the professional education unit is NCATE-accredited:


The [name of the professional accreditation unit] at [name of institution] is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers [initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs] at [name of all sites included in the accreditation]. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.


Examples of publications in which this statement should appear include catalogs, handbooks, and the institution’s website. It is not necessary to include this statement in advertisements or in informal reports or presentations; in these cases, the NCATE logo or the phrase "NCATE accredited" or "an NCATE-accredited institution" is sufficient. Questions about the applicability of this statement to a particular document should be addressed to NCATE staff.

Institutions are required to notify candidates currently enrolled in teacher education programs of the meaning and possible outcomes when: a focused or full visit is required within two years. Candidates must be informed of the semester and year in which the UAB will take action, including the possibility and consequences of revocation of accreditation that could occur as a result of the UAB’s action at that point.

Institutions must ensure the adequacy and accuracy of information they make available to the public. All information released by an NCATE-accredited institution regarding its accreditation status and the availability and quality of its programs must be accurate and not misleading to prospective candidates or the public. If an accredited unit or candidate for accreditation misrepresents its accreditation status to the public, the President of NCATE can make a recommendation to the UAB to reconsider an institution’s accreditation status.

Revised 4/10.

National Recognition of Programs

To promote public representation of the results of the review of individual programs through specialized professional associations (SPAs), preparation providers may use the following language:

The (name of program) Program at the (name of preparation provider) has achieved National Recognition by (name of the specialized professional association) under the aegis of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is unifying with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2013. The status of National Recognition indicates that the program has substantially met the standards of (name of specialized professional association) and is a mark of distinction for the program. The program is listed on the NCATE web site as Nationally Recognized if the unit is already accredited. If the unit is not yet accredited, the program will be listed as Nationally Recognized pending unit accreditation.

Revised 5/12.