SUNY Oswego reaccredited in teacher education

SUNY Oswego has received continuing national accreditation for its School of Education through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

“SUNY Oswego holds a pre-eminent place in teacher education, and we are proud to again receive this stamp of excellence for our programs,” said President Deborah F. Stanley.

With about 65 full-time faculty in six departments, Oswego’s School of Education offers programs in childhood, adolescence, technology and vocational education as well as educational administration, literacy, childhood special education, art education, teaching English to speakers of other languages, school counseling, school psychology, human services/counseling, wellness management, technology management, and industrial training and development.

“Our programs at both the initial and advanced levels met all six of NCATE’s rigorous standards of excellence,” said Dr. Linda Rae Markert, dean of the School of Education.

Reaccreditation affirms that the School of Education at SUNY Oswego meets state and national standards in providing a broad liberal arts education, an in-depth study of the content to be taught, a foundation of professional knowledge on which to base decisions, well-planned clinical experiences in schools working with diverse students, an evaluation of readiness to practice through many measures of performance, and the ability to use knowledge in practice to promote student achievement from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

“Education is so important to our future. SUNY Oswego’s NCATE accreditation means that our teacher candidates, programs and faculty are having a positive impact on our schools, helping to prepare our children to become competent and productive citizens,” said Dr. Susan Coultrap-McQuin, Oswego’s vice president for academic affairs and provost.

The reaccreditation decision follows a lengthy self-study internally and a comprehensive review by an outside team of seven professionals, including a weeklong site visit last fall.

“SUNY Oswego was among the first six institutions of higher education in New York state to earn this accreditation in 2001, and we are proud to maintain this significant achievement,” Markert said.

For more information about SUNY Oswego’s teacher education programs, visit More information about NCATE is available at

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CONTACT: Dr. Linda Rae Markert, 312-2102

(Posted: May 20, 2008)