University of Rochester

Professional Education Programs at University of Rochester Earn Accreditation

November 22, 2004

The University of Rochester has proven its commitment to producing quality educators for the nation’s children by achieving accreditation under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Education programs at the University’s Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development that prepare teachers, counselors, and administrators, as well as music education programs at the Eastman School of Music, were assessed against NCATE standards and earned accreditation this month. NCATE is the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education and other programs preparing preschool to grade 12 school personnel.

“We are proud of this achievement and the recognition of our rigorous standards and quality education programs,” says Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School. “We strive to prepare graduates who are of unequaled excellence and this process has helped us to evaluate and demonstrate that our programs meet the highest standards and prepare practitioners who are the best in their fields and can make a difference in the education of children.”

NCATE currently accredits 588 institutions, which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year. NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. NCATE also ensures that the institutions have partnerships with preschool to grade 12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn.