Teacher Education Programs At Concord University Nationally Accredited

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 02 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu






ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University recently received notification of accreditation of its teacher education programs through 2020 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

Concord was recognized for being at “target” on Standard 3 - Field Experiences and Clinical Practice. The Board of Examiners report stated, “Faculty members in the unit and candidates benefit from exemplary collaborations and partnerships with school districts.”

“Accreditation from NCATE ensures that the teacher education programs at Concord prepare educators who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become effective teachers and administrators,” Dr. Richard Druggish, Division of Education Chair and Director of Teacher Education, said. “Accreditation also means that Concord offers the highest quality instruction and programs. The success of our accreditation visit rests in the essential collaboration among the teacher education faculty, the arts and sciences faculty, Concord’s administration, and the faculty and administrators of our public school partners.”

Concord University offers 19 initial and advanced programs that lead to the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary Education with a content specialization, and graduate degrees including the M.Ed. in Reading Specialist, Educational Leadership and Special Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

At the initial level, Concord prepares candidates to teach in elementary, middle and secondary schools as well as Pre-K – K and special education classrooms.

Approximately 100 undergraduate candidates and approximately 30 graduate candidates are recommended for certification each year. The Division of Education at Concord University includes 14 faculty members. 

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

For more information about Concord University visit www.concord.edu

Additional information about CAEP is located at http://caepnet.org/




The teacher education programs at Concord University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers the initial teacher preparation programs and the advanced programs at Concord. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. 


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvements to strengthen P-12 student learning.