BETHANY, W.Va. - – The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has given Bethany College national recognition for their teacher preparation program in the areas of Elementary Education, Science Education and Social Studies Education.
These recognitions were awarded by the Association for Early Childhood Education International (ACEI), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), which are specialized professional associations affiliated with NCATE.

These awards are significant in many respects. ACEI recognition is particularly important in the area of Elementary Education, because this program represents over half of all Bethany students seeking teacher certification through the College’s liberal arts based teacher preparation program.

“Special appreciation goes to everyone on campus who has contributed their time, talent and consideration to the combined effort to help Bethany’s teacher preparation program achieve continued success,” said Jeff Dunbar, NCATE Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Social Services at Bethany.
These awards follow national recognitions awarded previously to Bethany’s programs in secondary English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Middle Level Education and Multicategorical Special Education.
NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help ensure high quality teacher preparation. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters the development of competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all students. Founded in 1954, NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent and highly qualified teacher.