NCATE 2000 UNIT STANDARDS
These standards were adopted by the NCATE Unit Accreditation Board on March 31, 2000
and were ratified by the NCATE Executive Board on May 11, 2000.
These standards will be required for all visits, beginning in Fall 2001.
- CANDIDATE PERFORMANCE
Standard 1. Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions
Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other professional school personnel know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students 2 learn. Assessments indicate that candidates meet professional, state, and institutional 3 standards .
Standard 2. Assessment System and Unit Evaluation
The unit has an assessment system that collects and analyzes data on the applicant qualifications, the candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations to evaluate and improve the unit and its programs.
- UNIT CAPACITY
Standard 3. Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
The unit and its school partners design, implement, and evaluate field experiences and clinical practices so that teacher candidates and other school personnel develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.
Standard 4. Diversity
The unit designs, implements, and evaluates curriculum and experiences for candidates to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. These experiences include working with diverse higher education and school faculty, diverse candidates, and diverse students in P-12 schools.
Standard 5. Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
Faculty are qualified and model best professional practices in scholarship, service, and teaching, including the assessment of their own effectiveness as related to candidate performance; they also collaborate with colleagues in the disciplines and schools. The unit systematically evaluates faculty performance and facilitates professional development.
Standard 6. Unit Governance and Resources
The unit has the leadership, authority, budget, personnel, facilities, and resources, including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet professional, state, and institutional standards.
Candidates include person preparing to teach, teachers who are continuing their professional development, and person preparing for other professional roles in schools such as principals, school psychologists, and school library media specialists.
2 “All students” includes students with exceptionalities and of different ethnic, racial, gender, language, religious, socioeconomic, and regional/geographical origins.
3 Institutional standards are reflected in the unit’s conceptual framework and include candidate proficiencies.