MBU again receives NCATE accreditation

Missouri Baptist University’s Education Division has again received full accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

“MBU’s re-accreditation through NCATE underscores the Education Division’s long record of producing educators who are prepared to equip their students with the tools needed to be the next generation of leaders,” said Dr. Melanie Bishop, dean of the education division. “We are proud to be associated with an accrediting body that demands excellence in teacher training.”

The Education Division is the University’s largest academic division. From 2002-2012, the division nearly doubled in terms of students—from 1,138 to more than 2,000 last year. Complementing the longstanding undergraduate education program, MBU launched its first graduate program in 2000 and the Educational Specialist in 2006. Today, the Education offers five master’s level programs, the Educational Specialist and the University’s first terminal degree, the Doctor of Education.

In NCATE’s standards-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence that certification candidates possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively teach diverse learners and to have an impact on student learning. Teacher candidates must know and understand the subject matter they plan to teach and to be able to teach effectively so that all students learn.