National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation
Augustana has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since that organization's inception in 1954. Only 37 percent of Illinois colleges and universities are NCATE-accredited (22 out of 60 state institutions.)
More than 90 percent of Augustana students enrolled in the education programs complete their degree in four years, often including a term abroad. This is accomplished through careful advising by faculty.
An average class in the education department has 15-24 students. This is one reason education majors and their professors form a close group. There is plenty of support facing the challenge of becoming a first-rate teacher.
The department has seven full-time faculty members serving as advisors. Each education major has an advisor who guides him or her through the entire process of becoming a teacher, from choosing supporting courses, to finding the best student teaching placement, to applying for a teaching license. The education faculty also shares a wide range of professional experiences with students: teaching in public and private schools both in and out of state and teaching abroad, advanced study, field experience, and the transition from teaching to administration.
(The Augustana College Education Department is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Augustana College. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.)