Cameron University Aces NCATE Accreditation Visit
Cameron University’s teacher education programs shined brightly in 2015-2016 as we received continuing accreditation from both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA). The Board of Examiners team that conducted the peer review found that Cameron University met all standards for initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation—a feat that the president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which has taken over NCATE, said merited “special congratulations.”
The team, which visited campus last fall, provided detailed findings of their review. Particular strengths included: collecting and analyzing candidate data, using data for continuous improvement, and the comprehensive use of writing and reflection activities focused on helping Cameron students support diverse learners.
The team also reported something that those associated with teacher education at Cameron University have known for years, “Interviews with candidates and recent graduates highlighted the close relationships built between the unit faculty and their students. The strong relationships that start with candidates during coursework continue through on-going support and mentorship for beginning teachers.”
In addition to meeting all standards Cameron University received rare commendation for reaching the target level at both the initial and advanced levels for the standard related to field experiences and clinical practice. The Board of Examiners noted that “the unit collaborates with stakeholders in an extraordinary way . . . to prepare their candidates to help all students learn.”
Cameron University is extremely proud to receive recognition from its peers in Oklahoma and nationally for having a high-quality teacher preparation program that is relationship-focused and produces caring, competent, and committed educators. We now look forward to achieving equal success under the new Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).