The Education Department at Bethany College recently received continued accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Bethany’s education program has a long history of excellence and was the first private college in Kansas to receive NCATE accreditation in 1954. This accreditation decision indicates that Bethany College and its education program meets rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. Associate Professor Gail R. Konzem, Chair of the Education Department states, “We are extremely pleased with the results of our joint accreditation visit by NCATE/CAEP and the Kansas State Department of Education. It is a validation of the rigorous training that Bethany pre-service teaching candidates experience, as well as our exceptional relationship with the area public schools who assist us in our teacher preparation process.” The Bethany College Education Department strives to instill in candidates the knowledge base, teaching skills, professional attitudes and skills necessary to become exceptional, effective teachers in a diverse culture. Bethany’s education department offers courses leading to licensure at the elementary, secondary, and PreK-12 levels in a variety of disciplines, including special education. More than 90 percent of the graduates from the education department have jobs in their field within six months of graduating from Bethany.