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NCATE Exhibition Room

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P–12 students.

Out of only 18 NCATE-accredited universities in Pennsylvania, Widener is one of only four private institutions accredited.

Why is NCATE Accreditation Important?

Teacher candidates from NCATE-accredited institutions will be better prepared for new, more demanding initial licensing expectations in many states and for board certification through the new National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.