Secondary Mathematics Education Program Receives National Accreditation

Posted on 9/7/2010 2:26:48 PM

The IUP Secondary Mathematics Education Program received full national accreditation in July 2010 from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

NCATE is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recognized the IUP Mathematics Education program as having “a very strong content component. In the past three years, the 36 teacher candidates have passed the Praxis II test, scoring 136 or higher. Nine teacher candidates received recognition from ETS for passing in the top 15% of the field. The program also has a very strong education component with a very well designed and sequenced field experience component culminating with student teaching. An additional strength of the program is that the university professors for both the pre-student teaching courses and the supervisors for the student teaching are members of the Mathematics Department Faculty.”

Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the College of Education, recognized the efforts of Dr. Janet Walker, who designed the program’s evaluation system, collected data over the past five years, and compiled the report. “I would like to commend Dr. Janet Walker, Secondary Math Education coordinator, for her hard work in preparing this excellent application,” Rafoth said. “You cannot earn better accolades than those given by NCATE.”

NCATE also selected the IUP Mathematics Education Program report to use as a sample for a successful program application at conferences and on their website. This will be used by NCATE to help other universities and teacher education programs prepare their own reports.