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Wesley College’s education department impresses national review team


11.18.2011

The school that creates change agents for educational reform is recommended for full NCATE accreditation.

Wesley College’s education department so impressed a review team from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), that the committee has recommended full accreditation for the College’s Teacher Education Program. The official announcement is expected in March, upon approval of the NCATE's Unit Accreditation Board.

The accreditation process comes after an extensive restructuring of the College’s education department over the past two years, focusing on a more cohesive unit organization, developing broader student-teacher partnerships, and implementing a new data management system to track student records and progress.

“This reflects an incredible accomplishment by the education department over the past two years and our commitment to excellence,” says Dr. Patricia Dwyer, Wesley’s vice president of academic affairs.

The recommendation follows a five-day on-site visit, where the committee extensively interviewed a vast array of stakeholders including students, faculty, administration officials, partner schools, and other constituents, the committee praised the College’s accomplished and dedicated faculty, the quality of the curriculum, and the exceptional student candidates they met throughout the visit.

“NCATE is the highest standard of academic excellence for preparing students to be leaders in the classroom,” says Dwyer. “Earning national accreditation ensures our partner schools that we are graduating teachers of the highest quality who are able to move seamlessly into the classroom and be successful.”

While Wesley is accredited by the Middle States Association and graduates of its education program are currently eligible for Delaware teaching licenses and certification, this national stamp-of-approval recognizes the high quality of its graduates.

“This achievement fully recognizes the outstanding educational program and faculty we have at Wesley,” says College president Dr. William N. Johnston.

Wesley College, a fully accredited college with undergraduate and graduate programs, seeks to be among the finest student-centered learning communities in the liberal arts tradition. For more information about the  Wesley College, visit www.wesley.edu. For additional questions regarding Wesley’s education department, please contact Dr. Patricia Dwyer, vice president for academic affairs at 302-736-2558 or patricia.dwyer(at)wesley.edu.