By Amanda M. Fairbanks
"James G. Cibulka, the president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which currently accredits 670 colleges of education, sees a range of offerings when it comes to education schools keeping up with advancements in technology.
"Mr. Cibulka cautioned that NCATE only accredits fewer than half of the national providers. The issue is further complicated by the fact that accreditation is a voluntary process, with some states requiring it for licensure while others can opt out. Based on NCATE's subset, he described offerings as "all over the place," and called it "a matter of great concern."
"In future years, the organization is planning to put in place a new set of five accreditation standards, in which technology is woven throughout each requirement. The aim is to provide more symmetry and quality in preparing teachers to use digital curricula.
"And with schools coming up for accreditation once every seven years, Mr. Cibulka didn't mince words: "There will be no way for schools to meet the new standards unless technology is infused throughout their program."