Office of Public Affairs
Oct. 26, 2001
CONTACT: Dr. Linda Rae Markert, 312-2102
SUNY OSWEGO'S SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION
OSWEGO -- With roots stretching back to its founding 140 years ago as a teacher training school, SUNY Oswego has received national accreditation for its School of Education through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
"I am very pleased that the College at Oswego has earned national accreditation for their outstanding program of teacher education, and I congratulate President Stanley, the faculty and staff for this achievement," said State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King. "This is consistent with our new vision for teacher education, which results in all teacher education students across the university gaining more preparation in the content of their teaching, increases their student teaching experience and requires all state university teacher education programs to receive national accreditation. We do this to make sure our graduates and their future pupils receive the best possible education."
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said, "This recognition is a credit to the top-notch faculty in the School of Education and in Arts and Sciences who have been supportive of the program. As with all of our successes, this was a team effort."
SUNY Oswego Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost John Presley added, "National accreditation is a part of New York's
commitment to making all of its teacher preparation programs, at all New York institutions, stronger and more effective -- to make its elementary and secondary school teachers the best in the country. As a member of the SUNY Advisory Council on Teacher Education, I know that all of SUNY's teacher education programs are committed to this goal. SUNY's programs are leading the nation in the reform of teacher education."
SUNY Oswego's origins trace to an effort to meet a need for teacher training. In 1861, Edward Austin Sheldon founded the Oswego Normal School, which is believed to be the first urban teacher training program in the United States.
"Sheldon was known for his innovative teaching methods, and innovation in teaching remains an important part of the program," Stanley said. "The School of Education is a leading-edge, 21st-century program, but it stays true to Sheldon's legacy and his principles of education, which were ahead of their time."
The conceptual framework of the School of Education is based on weaving together authentic learning -- teachers providing opportunities and support for students to perform inquiry-based problem-solving and critical thinking -- with a social justice background encouraging graduates to become catalysts for change.
"Candidates in Oswego's current education programs are encouraged by the many accomplishments of alumni from the School of Education," said Dr. Linda Rae Markert, dean of the School of Education.
"Our numerous graduates have excelled in educational institutions and various other fields," Markert said. "Today more than ever before, we live in a society where the education profession is under intense public scrutiny and schools are held accountable for our capacity to live, work, and participate fully in a globally networked world. In response to this great challenge, our School of Education graduates are prepared to create powerful learning environments for all learners."
SUNY Oswego's School of Education offers nine undergraduate majors and 11 master's degree programs.
Markert said that the collaborative Professional Development School partnerships are among the school's top successes. The project brings together classroom teachers, college faculty and college pre-service students, pupil personnel, school administrators and young students to interact in ever-developing, powerful learning communities.
Other initiatives include Team Sheldon -- a partnership between the School of Education, BOCES and all nine school districts in Oswego County geared toward creating positive changes in education through communication, training and experimentation -- and Project SMART, a summer collaboration where educators develop lessons that emphasize real-life applications for math, science and technology lessons.
NCATE is a voluntary national accrediting association for schools, colleges and departments of education that prepare teachers and other school specialists. SUNY Oswego becomes the sixth school in New York state to earn this accreditation, joining the SUNY Colleges at Buffalo and Oneonta, Fordham University, Hofstra University and Niagara University.
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