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The University of the Virgin Islands School of Education has been awarded accreditation status from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The University of the Virgin Islands School of Education has been awarded accreditation status from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation decision indicates that the School of Education and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community, according to a prepared statement from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation on May 17. Both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation.

“To have our graduate program in education obtain NCATE accreditation certainly builds on the accomplishment and strength of our undergraduate program,” said UVI President David Hall. “We applaud Dean Linda Thomas and the entire School of Education for this important milestone on the pathway to greatness.”

“The School of Education is proud of this accomplishment,” said Dr. Linda Thomas, dean of the School of Education. The first accreditation visit was in fall 2014. The next accreditation visit for both advanced and initial programs is scheduled for fall 2020.  “NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning,” Thomas said. More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website –http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.