USD School of Education retains national ‘seal of approval’

USD�School of Education retains national 'seal of approval' Students at the School of Education at The University of South Dakota will continue to enjoy an added value to their already extraordinary degrees.

The School of Education recently earned a renewal of their national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the teaching profession�s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher, specialist and administrator preparation.

NCATE currently accredits 602 colleges of education and its acknowledgment of the standards for excellence in the School of Education at USD is a mark of distinction. It provides recognition that it has met national professional standards for the preparation of educators.

�South Dakota is blessed with education professors and staff who are not only talented and knowledgeable about what it takes to prepare excellent educators; they are, also, extraordinarily committed to ensuring that South Dakotans have access to the best education possible. It�s nice that the national and state accreditation affirms this,� said Dr. Hank Rubin, dean of the School of Education.

Not only does the accreditation formally recognize the quality education students receive at USD, it also provides benefits to USD and its students in other key ways. Many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE-accredited schools. Therefore, graduates from USD find it easier to apply for licensure if they choose to teach out of the state than if they had graduated from a non-accredited institution.

Accreditation also helps to ensure production of quality teachers at USD. Studies on accreditation have shown that fully prepared teachers are more effective in the classroom and their students demonstrate greater achievement gains than students whose teachers are not fully prepared.

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