Accreditations and Affiliations

The Graduate School of Education is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and holds memberships in the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Council of Higher Educational Institutions in New York City, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the American Council on Education. The College is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

NCATE Accreditation

NCATE logoOn April 26, 2012, the Graduate School was accepted as a formal candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE candidacy status means that the Graduate School of Education has met all preconditions and is actively working towards the other requirements. Below is an overview of our timeline.

September 1, 2011, a first draft of our Conceptual Framework was submitted to NCATE.

February 23, 2012, the final version of the Conceptual Framework was submitted to NCATE. The Conceptual Framework reflects many months of collaborative thinking by the graduate faculty, with over one third contributing specifically to the writing of this document (see Appendix A in Conceptual Framework). Divisional meetings were devoted, first, to revisiting and assessing our Guiding Principles (February 2011) and then (May, 2011) to aligning those principles with our goals, knowledge bases and theoretical frameworks for candidates.

March 15, 2012, the GSE submitted a total of 13 Specialty Professional Association (SPA) reports.

March 18, 2013, the GSE submitted its Institutional Report (IR) to NCATE. The IR is the basis of the entire NCATE review and presents a thorough discussion of how the Graduate School is meeting standards, supported by evidence and informed by discussions and feedback from faculty, staff and students.

April 27 – July 27, 2013, NCATE accepted third-party testimony on the Graduate School’s programs. 

July 3, 2013, the Board of Examiners (BOE) assigned to Bank Street conducted an offsite review of the IR.

Three weeks later, the BOE completd a feedback report for our consideration.

By September 30, 2013, the GSE submitted an addendum to the offsite report.

On September 9, 2013, the Chair of the BOE conducted a pre-visit in person.

October 27-30, 2013, the GSE hosted an on-site visit with the full BOE.

May 24, 2014, the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at its May 5-7, 2014 meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, granted NCATE accreditation to the GSE.

The next accreditation visit – using the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards – is scheduled for Fall 2020.

For questions about accreditation or the NCATE/CAEP timeline, please contact Amy Kline.