College retains national accreditation through 2022

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The College of Education and Human Development has a long-standing reputation of excellence, and produces some of the top teacher candidates in Ohio. 

Last spring the College received accreditation for 2016-2022 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 PK-12 student learning.

This accreditation decision indicates that BGSU's education preparation programs meet rigorous standards set by the professional education community. 

The news of the accreditation came after the end of a rigorous process. 

Seven delegates from the NCATE Board of Examiners traveled to BGSU and met with more than 170 people during their two days on campus. After the visit the board made a special point of recognizing the students. It stated in its initial report that BGSU's teacher education students were "bright, interpersonally engaging ... with great potential to become educational leaders."

Dr. Dawn Shinew, Dean of the College, acknowledged the importance of the accreditation process in ensuring that BGSU’s graduates are prepared to be effective educators and leaders. The review team, comprised of a prestigious group of educators from around the country, also said it found BGSU’s students to be “academically serious and extremely fond of their university, college, faculty and friends.” 

“Our faculty and school partners work collaboratively to ensure that we have quality programs,” Shinew said. “I am delighted to have affirmation of the good work we do.”

Bowling Green State University is one of the largest teacher education programs in Ohio, and has led the state in developing innovative educator preparation programs, including several dual-license programs. The institution’s established reputation for excellence in education is well-known with many PK-12 administrators from around the country who embark on BGSU in the Spring to recruit at the Teacher Job Fair. 

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.