The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The Teacher Preparation Program at West Liberty University has national accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). West Liberty University is proud to pilot a new Continuous Improvement Accreditation visit in March, 2011.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

NCATE was founded in 1954. Five groups were instrumental in the creation of NCATE: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), the National Education Association (NEA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). When NCATE was founded as an independent accrediting body, it replaced AACTE as the agency responsible for accreditation in teacher education. These groups represented the field at large at that time. They recognized the need for a strong, independent, quality assurance mechanism composed of all key stakeholders in education.

The U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation.

 Certification Area Pass Rates 2011-2012
 Content Certification Areas  State Licensure Pass Rate
 Elementary Education  100%
 Early Childhood Education  100%
 Special Education  100%
Art  67%
 Music  100%
 PE  83%
 Health  90%
 Biology  –
 Chemistry  –
 English  100%
 General Science  100%
 Mathematics  100%
 Social Studies  100%
 English 5-9  –
 General Science 5-9  –
 Mathematics 5-9  100%
 Social Studies 5-9  –

American Society of Exercise Physiologists

West Liberty’s Exercise Physiology program is nationally accredited through the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. The American Society of Exercise Physiologists, the professional organization representing and promoting the profession of exercise physiology, is committed to the professional development of exercise physiology, its advancement, and the credibility of exercise physiologists.

Exercise Physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in athletics, sports training, and human adaptability to acute and chronic exercise.

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)