The Edmond Sun

Education

November 29, 2013

Oklahoma Christian University earns re-accreditation from NCATE

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University has earned reaccreditation for the next seven years from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

NCATE’s professional accreditation reflects that OC’s School of Education met rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. Those standards ensure that OC graduates are among the most prepared in the country to teach students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

“We are incredibly proud of our dedicated faculty in the School of Education for achieving this well-earned distinction,” said Oklahoma Christian Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus.

“Receiving reaccreditation requires extensive planning and hard work, the very characteristics that mark our education faculty’s performance in the classroom as well.”

Oklahoma Christian hosted the NCATE accreditation team in the spring. Robyn Miller, chairwoman of OC’s School of Education, said the process enhances the quality of the university’s education programs for students.

“Our students appreciate that outside professionals have evaluated and praised our faculty, classes and services,” she said. “We value the insight and recognition that the continuing accreditation process offers us. This multi-year preparation process provides the School of Education with an excellent opportunity to evaluate and strengthen the ways we prepare students for success as teachers.”

Oklahoma Christian’s School of Education has produced hundreds of alumni who are successful in the classroom. The program, which is also accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, has a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduates.

Students can choose from four majors and two minors. Areas of emphasis include Early Childhood, Elementary, English, Mathematics, Music, Science and Social Studies.

OC, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at www.oc.edu/value.

Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council have consolidated and are now transitioning into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. For more information about NCATE, visit www.ncate.org.

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