Education Department to host accreditation visit

From Oct. 13 to 16, the Education Department will host a three-day accreditation visit from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education to pursue state and national validation as an outstanding school of teacher education preparation. Since 1954, Bethany College has been continually accredited by both organizations and has the distinction of being a charter institution of NCATE.

Gail Konzem

Education Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education Gail Konzem explains, ”The Education Department, teacher education coordinators, and other faculty, staff, students, and administration will share experiences and assessments designed to demonstrate expertise relative to six standards, including (1) the conceptual framework and content instruction, (2) assessment, (3) field experience and clinical practice, (4) diversity, (5) faculty growth and development in regard to teaching, and (6) commitment on the part of the college to provide funding and leadership to the department.”

The visiting team is comprised of educators in public education K-12; teaching and administrative faculty from colleges and universities in Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Wyoming colleges; and representatives from the National Education Association and the Kansas State Department of Education.

Following a rigorous two-day schedule of meetings with various area public schools and campus committees, the team members will meet with Bethany officials to review preliminary findings of the committee.

The Education Department looks forward to completing this important process that will help Bethany to continue providing exceptional teachers to the profession.