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NCATE - Visual Symbol

The visual symbol is a shield depicting a burning torch, a metaphor for the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes of educators/professionals, and a globe, symbolizing the dedication of educators/professionals to the improvement of all students' educational experiences. On the outside edges of the shield are the areas of study which constitute the components of the educative process and are essential underpinnings for development of knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes of Educators/Professionals:

  1. General Studies assist educators/professionals in understanding themselves and the world around them and allow them to gain both a more integrated view of knowledge and a more authentic view of life.
  2. Professional/Pedagogical Studies encourage Educators/Professionals to connect their knowledge of those areas of specialization to an understanding of how students or clients learn and think at various stages in their development.
  3. Specialty Studies enhance and build upon general studies, allowing students the opportunity to consider how knowledge in their discipline can contribute to educating a productive educator and professional.
  4. World of Practice Studies allow students the opportunity to participate in field/site-based experiences where they explore the issues involved in the setting and develop specific competencies through practice, both of which contribute to effective teaching/leadership and build reflective practice to help ensure that necessary s kills have been mastered.

Contained within the shield are the words "knowledge," "collaboration," "reflection," and "practice," which are the essential characteristics of an effective teacher and leader, and as such are the beliefs that guide our program development.


Educators/Professionals must have a deep understanding of the organizing concepts, processes and attitudes that comprise their chosen disciplinary knowledge base, the pedagogical knowledge base, the pedagogical content knowledge base and how these knowledge bases are complemented by proficiency in the use of technology.


Educators/Professionals must continually seek opportunities to work together, learn from one another, forge partnerships, and assume positions of responsibility.


Educators/Professionals must determine their strengths and weaknesses and possess the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to learn, change, and grow as life-long learners.


Educators/Professionals must have a rich repertoire of research-based strategies for instruction, assessment, and the use of technologies, and be able to focus that array of skills on promoting authentic learning by all students or clients, while exhibiting an appreciation of and commitment to the value and role of diversity.