IUP Science Education Programs Earn NCATE Accreditation

Posted on 2/2/2016 2:16:28 PM

IUP’s Secondary Science Education programs, which include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics certifications, were recently notified that they have once again been nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Science Teachers Association.

The NCATE accreditation system is a voluntary peer review process that requires a comprehensive evaluation of assessments, teacher candidate performance, and evidence-based program revision. This process requires the submission of multiple assessments which provide evidence that teacher candidates have mastered several discipline-specific professional standards focusing on content and pedagogical knowledge, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom safety and ethics, and continuing professional growth. The 2015 accreditation report was compiled by Ken Coles (Geoscience), Holly Travis (Biology), Ron See and Colin Ashe (Chemistry), and Stan Sobolewski (Physics).

Reviewers specifically commended ongoing curriculum revisions based on program assessments, cooperation between program faculty across disciplines, and consistent expectations for teacher candidates throughout the program.

IUP’s Secondary Science Education programs remain committed to producing science educators with a strong content background and the skills necessary for encouraging success in diverse student populations.

IUP Science Education Programs Earn NCATE Accreditation
IUP Secondary Science Education students practice instruction in a laboratory setting.

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