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SETH | 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 Associations reviews the teacher education programs at American University.

Program
Award
Level
Program
Level
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 (K-12 – French, Spanish, German) BA, Cert, MAT Initial ACTFL
Secondary Math (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NCTM
Secondary Science Programs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NSTA
Secondary Social Studies (7-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial NCSS
Performing Arts (K-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial Reviewed
by OSSE
Health and Physical Education (K-12)
BA, Cert, MAT
Initial Reviewed
by OSSE
Special Education: Learning Disabilities (K-12) BA, Cert, MAT Initial CEC

American University offers Secondary Education programs leading to licensure in the following subject areas: biology, chemistry, dance, performing art, studio art, English, French, German, mathematics, music, physical education and health, physics, Spanish, and social studies.

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 averages specific to each program;

  • receive satisfactory evaluations in field and methods placements;

  • 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 the B.A. in Elementary Education program must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or higher. Students in the undergraduate second major in 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 2011 - 2012

Type of Assessment Institutional Pass Rate Statewide Pass Rate
Aggregate-Basic Skills
98%
96%
Summary
93%
91%

Aggregate and Summary of Institution-Level Pass-Rate Data: Alternative Route Teacher Preparation Program for 2011 - 2012

Type of Assessment Institutional Pass Rate Statewide Pass Rate
Aggregate-Basic Skills
99%
97%
Summary
91%
89%

For more information, contact:

The Office of Teacher Education
School of Education, Teaching & Health
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Gray Hall Room 117
Washington, DC 20016-8030
tel. 202-885-3746