National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is a voluntary process, undertaken by institutions that care enough about the quality of teacher education to commit to meeting NCATE's rigorous standards. Although over 1,200 colleges and universities in the United States offer programs to prepare teachers and other professional education personnel, fewer than half of those institutions are accredited by NCATE.

NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation as an accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education that prepare professional educators to staff school programs for children and youth from preschool to grade 12. NCATE evaluates the institution's ability to deliver effectively all of the preparation programs it offers.