The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the accrediting body for the University of Northern Colorado’s teacher education programs. UNC is a charter member of NCATE and has been continuously accredited since 1954.
Currently more than 25 different Education and Behavioral Sciences teacher education and licensed personnel preparation programs at both the initial and advanced levels are accredited by NCATE. In 2010, the UNC programs earned reaccreditation from NCATE, with no conditions. The 2010 UNC NCATE Institutional Report and accompanying documents are linked to this site.
The next NCATE accreditation visit to UNC was scheduled to take place in 2016. However, July 1, 2013, marked the de facto consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), making the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation.
Under de facto consolidation, NCATE and TEAC are subsidiaries of CAEP, maintaining their recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the purpose of maintaining the accreditation of educator preparation providers until such time as said providers come up for accreditation under CAEP. Therefore, the teacher education programs at UNC will participate in a CAEP accreditation review in 2016 instead of an NCATE review.
View the first CAEP Annual Report to the public, the states, policymakers, and the education profession, containing information about accreditation decisions and the role and vision of CAEP as the new accreditor for educator preparation.