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CSUB Teacher Preparation and Education Programs Receive Accreditation Extension

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) accreditation for teacher preparation has been re-confirmed for six years by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Founded in 1954, NCATE is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. 

“This accreditation affirmation is recognition of the ongoing work faculty and staff are doing to improve the preparation of our educators,” interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kathleen Knutzen said.

From the academic year 2009-10 through 2013-14, CSUB recommended 1,245 teaching credentials to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The NCATE and CTC accreditation covers 126 standards across four Initial/Teaching credentials and three Advanced/Service credentials.

“We have strengthened our curriculum to prepare educators to be more effective in diverse environments,” Knutzen said. “The faculty and staff in Education departments have worked closely with our district partners and with other departments on campus to build currency and relevancy into our programs.  With increased student learning as the focus and making data-driven informed decisions around continuous improvement, we are preparing teachers for a complex educational environment. CSUB is proud to be recognized for these efforts by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.”

The University was also given “special congratulations” because no areas within any standards were cited as needing improvement.

CSUB is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Many other programs on campus are also accredited. The Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The undergraduate and graduate programs in Business Administration are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The Master of Public Administration and the Master of Science in Administration, Health Care Management are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The Chemistry Program is approved by the Committee of Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

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