April 12, 2005
MUW’s education department receives accreditation
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited Mississippi
University for Women’s Division of Education and Human
Sciences at the initial teacher preparation and advanced
preparation levels. MUW has been continuously accredited
by NCATE for 41 years.
“MUW’s teacher education faculty from across the campus
have worked several years preparing for this review,”
said Dr. Hal Jenkins, head of the Division of Education
and Human Sciences. “The outstanding report is a
testament to their hard work and the quality of our
teacher education programs.”
The accreditation agency currently accredits 602
institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation’s
new teacher graduates each year. Ninety institutions are
candidates or pre-candidates for accreditation.
“This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and
its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the
professional education community,” said Arthur Wise,
president of NCATE, in his letter to the university.
NCATE revises its standards every five years to
incorporate best practice and research in order to
ensure that the standards reflect a consensus about what
is important in teacher preparation today.
In the past decade, NCATE has moved from an
accreditation system that focused on curriculum and what
teacher candidates were offered to a data-driven
performance-based system dedicated to determining what
candidates know and are able to do.
“Our program offers a personal experience for our
students,” Jenkins said. “The close relationship between
students and faculty and the large amount of field
experience make our students well-prepared when they
enter their first teaching position.”
The university’s next visit from NCATE is scheduled for
For more information about MUW’s education program,
please contact the Division of Education and Human
Sciences at (662) 329-7175.