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 was proud to pilot a new Continuous Improvement Accreditation visit in March, 2011.

The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) 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, CAEP works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. CAEP’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. CAEP 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. In 2013, CAEP replaced NCATE as the sole accrediting body for teacher education.

The U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognized NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. CAEP is currently seeking the same recognition previously held by NCATE.

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)

The Athletic Training program at West Liberty University received full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) on March 11st, 2016. The Athletic Training program met all 109 standards required by CAATE and was awarded 5-year accreditation.

“To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Eligibility for the BOC exam is contingent upon completion of a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that must instruct the Competencies within the curriculum” (taken from the National Athletic Trainers Association website).

The Director of Athletic Training program, Dr. David Hanna noted, “The Athletic Training program will begin moving toward a Master’s degree format in the near future. The CAATE requires every program to be a Master’s program by the year 2026.”

“It is wonderful to have this full accreditation from the CAATE. The ‘perfect’ accreditation speaks to the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff. We look forward to a strong future for the Athletic Training program as it moves toward the next step of transforming into a Master’s program,” said Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of the College of Education.