NCATE is a powerful endorsement of the quality of WGU's teacher education programs and one more assurance that you will receive a superior education at WGU. It is also difficult to obtain. The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that "candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn." This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts. The process also involved a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams such as the Praxis II.
The result: The WGU Teachers College received unconditional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure.
This means that all WGU teaching programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels were reviewed by this national accreditation agency. In addition, a number of WGU programs have been singled out for National Recognition by NCATE and the specialized professional associations that govern curriculum in those programs; in particular, currently all programs in mathematics, elementary education, science, social science, ELL/ESL, and technology have been awarded National Recognition.
NCATE is the premier specialized accrediting body for teacher preparation and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It accredits colleges of education that produce over two-thirds of the nation's new teacher graduates annually.×