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UCO Teacher Education Program Receives High Marks, Renews National Accreditation

April 21, 2017

Media Contact: Lorene Roberson, Communications Coordinator, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-5408,

UCO Teacher Education Program Receives High Marks, Renews National Accreditation

The University of Central Oklahoma, the third largest preparer of teachers in Oklahoma, received renewal of its accreditation, through 2023, based on 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 impact P-12 student learning.

UCO’s Teacher Preparation Program recommends more than 200 teacher candidates for certification each year, said Bryan Duke, Ph.D., director of UCO’s Educator Preparation Program. The program provides 27 education programs to prepare teachers and education professionals.

“The successful reaccreditation from NCATE validates our ongoing efforts to continue to improve how we prepare teachers and school personnel, who are caring and competent professionals, skilled in facilitating and leading learning for P-12 students,” added James Machell, Ph.D., dean of UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies.

“We are grateful for our fine students and school partners, as well as our dedicated faculty and staff, who have worked extremely hard to ensure the success of this effort.”

Recently, the program redeveloped its clinical experiences, ensuring teacher candidates co-teach with an expert who shows success in teaching and mentoring. UCO also advanced its partnerships with local districts, through recruitment and training initiatives, which include the Prospective Teachers Academy.

UCO, in partnership with the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, operates the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy, as well as a program to prepare bilingual elementary teachers.

Providers accredited based on NCATE standards, as well as those accredited based on the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) 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 844 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

To learn more about Central’s Teacher Preparation Program, visit For more information about CAEP, visit