The School of Education and Human Development at Malone University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through Spring 2017. Being NCATE accredited means that the teacher education programs meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Institutions must demonstrate that its teacher candidates have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach, the skills necessary to convey this content so students learn, and have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help all students learn. Candidates must also be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. University faculty must model effective teaching practices, and the institution must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to meet these rigorous standards.
The following programs are nationally recognized by the specialized professional associations noted in parenthesis:
- Early Childhood Education ( National Association for the Education of Young Children )
- Health Education ( American Association for Health Educators )
- Integrated Language Arts ( National Council of Teachers of English )
- Integrated Social Studies ( National Council for the Social Studies )
- Middle Childhood Education ( Association of Middle Level Education)
- Physical Education ( National Association for Sport and Physical Education )
- Administrative Specialist: Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development (Educational Leadership Constituents Council)
This accreditation covers both initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
On July 1, 2013, NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) consolidated to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the new, sole accreditor for educator preparation. In preparation for our first CAEP accreditation visit in 2017, the School of Education and Human Development is beginning to address the new CAEP standards of educator preparation.
The mission of CAEP is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
The Counseling and Human Development Department is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 2020. This accreditation decision was made in January 2012 following the completion of an intensive self-study and a site visit by a team of counselor education professionals from other institutions. This team evaluated our programs for quality, consistency, and rigor in meeting CACREP standards.
Malone University believes the accreditation process helped strengthen its vibrant Clinical and School Counseling programs through meeting these nationally recognized standards.