The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits schools, colleges, and departments of education in U.S. colleges and universities. These schools, colleges, and departments of education have primary responsibility for the preparation of teachers and other school personnel.
Accreditation is a process for assessing and enhancing academic and educational quality through voluntary peer review. Accreditation informs the public that the accredited college or university operates at a high level of educational quality and integrity. NCATE accreditation is the process by which a professional education unit is recognized by the profession as meeting national standards for the content and operation of the unit.
Professional accreditation of preparatory education programs is the bedrock upon which all professions (e.g., architecture, engineering, medicine, law) have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the respective field have been suitably prepared to practice through assimilation of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession. Accreditation of schools of education indicates that the school underwent rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before he or she is recommended for licensure, and that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.