The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Memphis is
accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator
preparation programs at the main and Jackson Branch Campuses.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is a national
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
NCATE accreditation responds to the public's expectation that colleges of education
produce teachers and other school specialists who meet rigorous standards, and who
can help students learn. In a public opinion poll conducted by Penn and Schoen, 82
percent of the public favors requiring teachers to graduate from nationally accredited
To achieve accreditation under NCATE’s standards, universities and colleges must offer
intellectually rigorous programs which are relevant to the needs of today’s classrooms.
NCATE wants to know "what do candidates know and what are they able to do?"
Professional accreditation has played a critical role in the standard of living that
we enjoy in America today. Much that we take for granted—from the bridges we cross
to the highways we use to the health care we receive—are the result of efforts of
professionals in various fields who produce and live by high standards. Accreditation
standards are the bedrock upon which the established professions have built their
reputation and garnered the esteem of American society.
NCATE Accreditation: What it Means to the Public:
- the school of education underwent rigorous external review by professionals;
- candidate performance is thoroughly assessed throughout the program and before he
or she is recommended for licensure;
- the programs meet standards set by the teaching field at large, including classroom