NCATE, DESE Accreditation Visits Successful for Southeast College of Education

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 20, 2010 -– The College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed accreditation visits with teams at both the state and national levels.

Teams from both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) were on campus the first week of October reviewing the College of Education as a unit, as well as each of its program offerings.

The NCATE team has recommended re-accreditation on all six standards for both initial and advanced teacher preparation programs, with a total of four areas for improvement. The DESE team has recommended that all 27 initial teacher preparation programs and all 10 advanced teacher preparation programs be re-accredited, and will provide its list of areas for improvement with its formal report, according to Dr. Margaret Noe, dean of the Southeast College of Education.

These accreditation recommendations will not be final until a full meeting of the Board of Examiners for each accrediting body, both of which are expected to take place in spring 2011.

“We in the College of Education plan to incorporate the recommendations from both teams into our practice of continuous improvement as we prepare and sustain leaders in teaching, counseling, and educational leadership,” Noe said.

Noe also thanked the faculty, staff, administration, and especially the students for an enjoyable and productive external review.

“The review team was especially complimentary about the strong and effective partnerships with regional schools that provided our candidates with high quality, extensive field experience opportunities,” Noe said.

From left are Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; David Adams of DESE; Dr. John Ward of NCATE; Dr. Colleen Hardy of DESE; and Dr. Ron Rosati, Southeast provost.