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Julie Sara Boyd
NCATE Coordinator

Jackie Garcia
Logistics Coordinator & Support

NCATE Accreditation

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Reviews of each of the teacher education programs take place concurrently with NCATE accreditation. Each of the following Specialty Professional Association (SPA) reviews the teacher education programs at American University.

Program Award
Relevant Professional Association
Early Childhood Education (PK-3) Cert, MAT Initial NAEYC
Elementary Education (1-6) BA, Cert, MAT Initial ACEI
ESOL (K-12) Cert, MAT Initial TESOL
Secondary English (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NCTE
Foreign Language: French, Spanish, German (K-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial ACTFL
Secondary Math (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NCTM
Secondary Science Programs: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NSTA
Secondary Social Studies (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NCSS
Performing Arts, Studio Art and Music (K-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial Reviewed
Health and Physical Education (K-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial Reviewed
Special Education: Learning Disabilities (K-12) MA Initial CEC

Students admitted to graduate teacher education programs may be required to complete additional course work in order to be eligible for certification upon graduation. Students will be informed of additional requirements after an evaluation of a student's undergraduate transcript at admission.

Students who complete approved teacher preparation programs and pass the appropriate national teacher examinations are eligible to apply for teacher certification (licensure) in the District of Columbia, and through such certification are eligible for reciprocal certification in over 40 states. Some states may require additional courses or national teacher examinations.

Ongoing Assessment of Academic and Professional Performance

To remain in the Teacher Education Program, students must:

  • maintain cumulative grade point average specific to each program;
  • receive satisfactory evaluation in field placements and methods courses;
  • obtain a satisfactory annual evaluation from the Teacher Education Committee based upon academic, professional, and performance criteria established by the committee;
  • successfully complete key assessments for each program;
  • and meet specific course grade requirements.

Students in BA in elementary education program must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or higher. Students in the undergraduate second major in K-12 and secondary education must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.70 and 3.00 or higher in their primary major. Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Report of American University State Assessments, Requirements, and Standards for Teacher Certification and Licensure, and Performance of Teacher Preparation Programs

In compliance with Section 207 of the Higher Education Act, American University is providing information regarding state assessments, other requirements, standards for teacher certification and licensure, and performance of teacher preparation programs.

American University's teacher preparation programs are approved by the District of Columbia and nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.

There is a commitment to a strong general education foundation for students before their acceptance into the School of Education. Teacher preparation programs are organized around four interrelated principles (equity, community, diversity, and excellence) and are based on a conceptual framework that recognizes the importance of knowledge, beliefs, practice, and reflection.

Aggregate and Summary of Institution Level Pass-Rate Data

Regular Teacher Preparation Program for 2012–2013
Type of Assessment Institutional Pass Rate Statewide Pass Rate
Aggregate-Basic Skills 98% 96%
Summary 98% 90%
Alternative Route Teacher Preparation Program for 2012–2013
Type of Assessment Institutional Pass Rate Statewide Pass Rate
Aggregate-Basic Skills 96% 94%
Summary 79% 86%

For more information, contact:

The Office of Teacher Education

School of Education

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Gray Hall Room 117

Washington, DC 20016-8030