Published on December 4, 2012 by Dr. Jodi Newton  

Samford’s OBB School of Education and Professional Studies has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers and school leaders by achieving a highly positive preliminary report regarding re-accreditation under the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the State Department of Education, the organizations responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education. The faculty and staff expect full re-accreditation following the professional visit.

According to NCATE, teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn. The university must assess this knowledge and skill to determine that candidates may graduate. Candidates must be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. University faculty must model effective teaching practices. And the university must have the resources necessary to prepare candidates to meet new standards.