Saint Louis, MO - Fontbonne University has received notice that all education programs offered by the university continue to be approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), joining other select universities across the country holding this prestigious recognition.
This seven -year accreditation came after an NCATE team visited the campus to review programs and curriculum, survey data and interview students, faculty, alumni and cooperating teachers from local school districts.
Fontbonne had to meet a series of NCATE standards verifying that the university administers multiple assessments in a variety of forms. These assessments also ensure that the university prepares teacher candidates who can integrate technology into instruction to enhance student learning and that the school encourages collegiality, reflective practice, continuous improvement, and collaboration among educators, learners and families.
"This is the premiere accrediting body for higher education institutions throughout the nation that train teachers. This provides an official stamp of quality for Fontbonne and its graduates," says Dr. Bill Freeman, dean of education. "It's an external validation of our programs by a nationally recognized accrediting agency."
Fontbonne offers programs leading to certification for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teachers, special education teachers, and professionals in deaf education.
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational liberal arts institution founded in 1923 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The university offers 34 majors, 25 minors and 17 master's degree programs.