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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits Capella University’s Professional Education Unit

Accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel

MINNEAPOLIS, October 26, 2010 – The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited the Professional Education Unit at Capella University (http://www.capella.edu). NCATE accreditation, which covers advanced educator preparation programs, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel. Accreditation signifies that these programs underwent a rigorous external review, and meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from NCATE and join our fellow institutions who have led the way in creating high standards for educator preparation," said Barbara Butts Williams, PhD, dean of Capella's School of Education. “NCATE-accredited programs are highly regarded by state licensing authorities, school boards, and prospective learners for their academic standards and dedication to improving educational outcomes for school children. This accreditation recognizes and reinforces the Capella commitment to students served by P-12 educators. We are especially grateful to our learners and alumni who participated in this process and share in this achievement.”

NCATE, which is a coalition of 33 national education organizations, serves as the national accrediting body for academic programs that prepare professionals to serve in P-12 settings. NCATE determines which programs meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school professionals for the classroom.

The following are the Capella specializations that make up the Professional Education Unit that has received NCATE accreditation:

About Capella University
Capella University (www.capella.edu) is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality education for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, and public safety. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 136 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. More than 38,000 learners were enrolled as of September 30, 2010, from all 50 states and 52 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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* Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.
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