Professional Education Programs Earn National Accreditation

Along with its regional and state accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Tift College of Education of Mercer University has received national accreditation for all of its programs from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  NCATE, the national organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education, notified the College of its new status on May 1.

“Receiving NCATE accreditation is an important achievement for any institution.  We are particularly proud that the review team found that we met all six of NCATE’s rigorous standards – an unusual accomplishment for an institution seeking initial accreditation,” said Susan Malone, Ed.D., the College’s NCATE coordinator and associate dean for Accreditation, Assessment, and Administration. “Engaging in the process of evaluating ourselves and documenting the quality of our programs has enhanced our commitment to ongoing improvement and strengthened our preparation programs for teachers and school leaders.”

The College received full accreditation on all of its programs, from its teacher certification to its Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. The accreditation extends to all five of the College’s locations, including Macon, Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County and Eastman, as well as a sixth in Savannah, where a cohort of the College’s Specialist in Education Leadership program will begin this fall. The College currently has more than 1,500 students, and it will award more than 270 bachelors’, masters’ and specialists’ degrees this month.

“Earning NCATE accreditation is a testament to the high caliber of the Tift College of Education's faculty, staff and students,” said University Provost Horace Fleming. “The College has long been committed to training tomorrow's educators and this accreditation is another indicator of Mercer's continued commitment to that goal.”

The NCATE Board of Examiners report commended Mercer for its excellence and thoroughness:  “Because of the comprehensive data summarized from the myriad of instruments used to examine standards, there is a commonly held belief expressed by the unit, the programs, the candidates themselves, the employers in the field, and now by this review team that Mercer candidates are transformational and reflective practitioner/leaders who will leave a positive mark on the teaching profession.”
“The exemplary report we received from NCATE is indicative of the strength of our programs, students, faculty, and staff,” said Dean Carl Martray, Ph.D. “The report is also reflective of the strong support and collaboration of the Mercer community as a whole.  We are pleased to be recognized as an NCATE-accredited institution.”

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