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Kansas Wesleyan's Teacher Ed Receives NCATE Accreditation

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Kansas Wesleyan University’s Teacher Education program has received approval for continued accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the next seven years. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a professional accrediting body for teacher education. It currently accredits 670 colleges of education across the country.

“We are thrilled, but not surprised,” said Dr. Matt Thompson, president & CEO. “Our Teacher Education program has a long history of producing quality teachers, and this accreditation affirms our commitment to providing an outstanding teacher preparation program.”

There are currently 92 teacher education majors at KWU. The program has a solid placement record – 100% of licensed graduates are employed in teaching positions upon graduation. And, graduates are being recognized for excellence in teaching. USD305 has consistently awarded its Horizon Award and Teacher of the Year Award to KWU alumni, including the 2016–17 Secondary Teacher of the Year recipient Jake Montoya ’05, a music teacher at Lakewood Middle School.

Dr. Kristy Rodriguez, who is in her second year directing the program, touts KWU’s partnerships with USD305, USD 306 and Salina Catholic schools as a unique aspect of the program that is contributing to the graduates’ success.

“Because of these solid partnerships, we are able to place every student into a local school classroom beginning with the first education class he or she takes. And they are not just observing. They are engaged in the classroom experience. By the time they graduate, they have been exposed to different grade levels, students of varying socio-economic backgrounds and multiple grade levels. When they are hired, they are self-confident teachers with several years of relevant classroom experience,” said Dr. Rodriguez.

This semester alone, the program has placed 52 students in every school in the district.

Heusner is blessed to have had a partnership with Kansas Wesleyan University for many years,” said Lori Munsell, principal at Heusner Elementary. “KWU has done an outstanding job preparing KWU graduates and pre-service teachers for success in the education field. They are not only prepared when they step into their first teaching job, they have the tools needed to excel. KWU professors have been forward thinking and have redesigned a program that has increased the time KWU students are in the classrooms doing meaningful observations and instruction. As a result, students are coming out of the Teacher Education program as reflective practitioners that have the tools to leverage instruction and truly impact student learning.”

The KWU site visit in February 2016 was the final visit for NCATE before it consolidated with TEAC to form the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). KWU will be NCATE accredited for seven years and will have a site visit by CAEP in the fall of 2022 to seek accreditation based on the CAEP standards.

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