School of Education
NCATE and RIDE Accreditation
The School of Education earned reaccreditation from both the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) in 2008. The NCATE team, chaired by Elazer Barnette from North Carolina A&T State University, worked cooperatively with the Rhode Island state team, chaired by Jayne Meyer from the Alabama Department of Education, to ensure the accuracy of the data collected and the consistency of the analysis.
The reaccreditation recommendation was based upon: a review of the Institutional Report, a review of exhibits, interviews with administrators, education faculty members, arts and science faculty members, cooperating teachers, principals, and University of Rhode Island candidates, a review of work completed by prospective teachers, visits to schools where candidates complete field experiences, and an analysis of other documents. The RIDE team recommended that the preparation programs in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education, Music Education, Library Media, and Reading Specialist be reaccredited for a period of 4 years through 2012. The preparation program in School Psychology was reaccredited for a period of 3 years through 2011. NCATE granted the School of Education full reaccreditation for a period of 7 years through 2015. Below are some strengths listed by the NCATE team from this last accreditation visit...
- Regarding content knowledge and pedagogical preparation, “Content and pedagogical content knowledge for teachers considerations are a strong aspect of URI’s teacher education program. High passing rates on PRAXIS exams, comprehensive exams, and exams from other professional organizations highlight the strength of the program. Alumni and Employer surveys indicate a high level of satisfaction across all candidate types and across programs and highlight the strengths of content and pedagogical content knowledge for the program.
- ”Regarding the School of Education’s assessment system, “The unit has developed an assessment system with clearly defined data management responsibilities and technological support that enables the unit to function efficiently and make sound decisions based upon data, research, and stakeholder input. The structure of the system promotes discussion and collaboration among faculty within and between programs. Faculty meet frequently to discuss strengths and weaknesses and also use data from the assessment system to focus research and grantsmanship related to candidate or program needs.”
- Regarding partnerships with districts and student teacher placements, “The impacts of the 11 collaborative partnerships associated with the SOE continue to provide financial, professional development opportunities, technological enhancements and other services that improve the overall quality of the unit. School-based personnel confirm URI candidates are exceptional in their commitment to professionalism, work ethic, and service to the community. Cooperating teachers compliment the leadership, creativity, enthusiasm, and confidence of URI candidates.”
Regarding technological advancement, “The unit shows a strong commitment to acquiring funding to provide state-of-the-art technology for candidates, faculty, and in unit operations. The new Curriculum Materials Center is a promising collaboration among faculty, school partners and candidates. Aligning the materials candidates are using in their field experiences and methods classes with the latest emerging technologies enables candidates to gain more in-depth insights into curricular adaptations and subtle differences.
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