The Association for Childhood Education International is a constituent member organization of NCATE—The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE accredits schools, colleges and departments of education in the United States that provide professional training for teachers and other school specialists. NCATE is one of the accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that represent the teaching profession.
ACEI is responsible for the Program Review Process, within NCATE, for institutions seeking national accreditation in elementary education. In addition to coordinating and conducting the Program Review Process, ACEI is represented on the NCATE Board of Examiners (BOE), Unit Accreditation Board (UAB), Appeals Board, Specialty Area Studies Board (SASB), and the NCATE Executive Board on a rotating basis. Members who want to become ACEI/NCATE Program Reviewers should complete and submit a Reviewer Application .
ACEI and the other member organizations that form NCATE represent teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, and school specialists. The overall mission of the coalition is to set national standards that help assure quality and credibility in preparation programs for professional school personnel. To accomplish its mission NCATE is striving to link teacher preparation standards or performance based standards with state licensure requirements and advanced certification.
Congratulations to the programs that have received accreditation. A complete list can be found at the following link:
Nationally Recognized Programs
Universities and colleges seeking NCATE accreditation for elementary teacher education programs are required to submit a Program Review demonstrating compliance with the ACEI/NCATE Standards for Elementary Education. The Association for Childhood Education International, which administers the Program Review Process, regularly conducts training to familiarize university and college personnel with NCATE's program review process. The workshops are available in two formats:
- A comprehensive workshop held during ACEI's Annual Event (click here for more information) or,
- ACEI will send a trained program review specialist to your campus.
Visit the NCATE website at http://www.ncate.org/
- 2007 ACEI/NCATE Elementary Education Standards and Supporting Explanation
- 2007 ACEI/NCATE Elementary Standards: Suggested Scoring Guide
- Guidelines for Preparing Program Reports
- Reviewer Rubrics