Accreditation of Teacher Education

High-quality teaching can only be delivered by high-quality teachers—professionals who are well prepared to meet the challenges of today’s classrooms and to help all children achieve. That’s why IRA is a strong advocate for outstanding teacher education and participates actively in organizations dedicated to ensuring high-quality preparation for all educators.

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

In January 2005, IRA’s Board of Directors approved the Association’s affiliation with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. This nonprofit organization, founded in 1997, is dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a coalition of professional associations that accredits U.S. teacher education programs. Graduates of NCATE-accredited programs can be assured that their preparation is of high quality, and that they will enter the classroom with tools necessary to teach well.

This area of the IRA website provides background information on NCATE and the IRA-NCATE connection, offers support for those seeking NCATE accreditation, and provides tools for NCATE reviewers. Just click on a question below to find the answers you need!


Help for those seeking accreditation

Call for program reviewers

Individuals interested in professional service as a program reviewer can learn about the benefits, qualifications and application for program review.



Additional information can also be obtained from IRA or NCATE:

International Reading Association
NCATE Program Review
Division of Research
PO Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139

IRA SPA Coordinator
Diane Kern

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036-1023

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