Recently, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana received its highest national accreditation review since 1954, when it became a founding member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Communications and Outreach Manager Peter Knox said on Wednesday, December 11, that in the most recent review by the accreditation organization, the school received the highest possible scores.

"There are certain standards that need to be met for accreditation, and we met them all with distinction," Knox said. "We have five departments at the school of education. Curriculum and instruction, counselor education, communicative sciences and disorders, educational leadership, and health and human performance. The important thing about this NCATE accreditation is that it not only accredits our college, but it's also a collaboration with a few other units on campus, such as the School of Business, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences, because they also have programs that help prepare teachers."

Knox said the high level of accreditation will help attract more students to the school of education.

"Really, for any student that's interested in becoming a teacher, knowing that they're going through a nationally accredited program, it's an assurance that the items that they're learning are at a high national standard, and will better prepare them to be an educator in Montana, but also anywhere else in the United States."

Communications and Outreach Manager Peter Knox