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BPC’s Education Division meets national standards
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON— Brewton-Parker College’s Division of Education recently received word that its professional education offerings are “provisionally accredited” by the prestigious National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Unit Accreditation Board. NCATE is the national standard of excellence for teacher preparation.
NCATE’s approval extends to the division’s initial teacher preparation level, which includes all baccalaureate degree programs within the division, and will be in effect for a two-year period. Because the division is only provisionally accredited, the college must host another on-site visit of the council’s Board of Examiners (BOE) team no later than spring 2009. The college hosted the initial BOE team visit last October.
The college’s Division of Education degree programs are also approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
“NCATE is a stamp of approval from the premier national accrediting agency charged with authenticating the best programs in America in teacher education,” said Dr. David R. Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College. “Only about a half of the teacher education programs in Georgia have such approval. This is particularly impressive for Brewton-Parker College, since our teacher education degree is less than 20 years old.”
“Our students will now hold a national credential as well as a statewide one from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission,” Dr. Smith continues. “Our faculty in all areas relating to teacher education programs should receive the highest accolades for their hard work and diligent programming.”
NCATE’s accreditation, once granted, is continuous as long as the institution meets the council’s national standards and responsibilities under its accreditation process. These responsibilities include filing annual reports and hosting an on-site BOE team visit every five years.
The Division of Education’s mission at BPC is to produce both effective and reflective educators who acquire a strong foundation in research-based education, examine teaching practices and are able to make informed, qualitative decisions for their students and their classrooms. To learn more about the Division of Education, contact the college’s Admissions Office at 912-583-265.