Fresno State received accreditation through 2021 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

Fresno State was evaluated by a team of 14 professionals from both NCATE and the California Commission on Teacher Credentials this past spring. The final results were announced in November.

According to Dr. Paul Beare, dean of Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development and director of teacher education, the results of the accreditation were exceptional. Fresno State passed all standards and levels for all programs. The team cited no areas for improvement and delivered six commendations to the school. Three of the six overall standards were not just met, they were deemed to have achieved the target level, meaning the campus meets it at the highest conceived level.

“Fresno State is proud to be recognized at this level of accomplishment,” Beare said. “It is a rare thing to have no areas in need of improvement and rarer still to be at the target level on half the overall standards. This success is totally due to the hard work of our faculty and our strong partnerships with the school districts of the Central Valley.”

Fresno State credentials about 800 education professionals each year. Graduates are instilled with a dedication to improve the achievement of the students they will help to educate.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council  Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

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