Teacher Preparation at Peru State College receives congratulations, national accreditation

Teacher Preparation at Peru State College receives congratulations, national accreditation


May 19, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT

Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429


Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College recently received accreditation for seven years under 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 make a difference in P-12 student learning.

The NCATE Accreditation Action Report found that all standards were met. The result of “met” is the best result possible in the accreditation review. The Accreditation Action Report also listed no areas in need of improvement.

Dr. Ellie Kunkel, dean of the School of Education, “Fulfilling requirements for accreditation is a culture versus an ‘event.’ Successfully meeting all standards to nurture exemplary educators is the shared vision of the School of Education.”

“Under the guidance of SOE faculty; staff; former dean, Dr. Nissa Ingraham; and former dean, Dr. Jodi Kupper, who acted as co-chair through the visit, the Institutional Report was prepared in a manner that accurately communicated how we prepare teacher candidates.”

Standards were met for both Initial Teacher Preparation and for Advanced (Teacher) Preparation. Standards met in the Accreditation Action Report include 1) candidate knowledge, skills and professional disposition; 2) assessment system and unit evaluation; 3) field experience and clinical practice; 4) diversity; 5) faculty qualifications, performance and development; and 6) unit governance and resources.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under 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 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

The good results followed an on-campus visit in the fall of 2015. The next NCATE onsite visit will be in 2022.




The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.

About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.