The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education granted continuing accreditation to the Professional Education Unit of the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, according to a recent news release.

The national organization is one of the two approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer accreditation to professional education units. UCA has maintained its accreditation from the organization since 1954. The accreditation is for seven years.

The standards for getting accreditation include candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and unit governance and resources. UCA met all six of these standards and received strong praise from the evaluating team for its collaboration with public school partners and its commitment to and involvement in the preparation of professional educators.

Dr. Diana Pounder, dean of the College of Education, was pleased UCA again met the national organization’s rigorous standards.

"We have raised our rating in several categories, showing improvement over our last review seven years ago," Pounder said in the release. "UCA has been recognized by the state and by [the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education] for many years as one of Arkansas’ strongest educator-preparation institutions."