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WCU Department of Language and Literature Receives National Recognition

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 12, 2014 - The Department of Language and Literature at William Carey University has received national recognition for its programs in English and English education from the  National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE).  The programs will be listed as nationally recognized through a 10-year accreditation cycle from February 1, 2014 to August 1, 2024, and will be included on the NCATE/NCTE website as nationally recognized programs.  

Carey’s English programs are built on the strengths of both the traditional curriculum of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters and the innovative field-based experiences available in the School of Education, as well as the strong qualifications of program faculty. This national recognition from NCATE and NCTE affirms those students in the English programs who are prospective teachers and who seek to complete English language arts teacher preparation programs at the secondary level.  Such affirmation includes both a programmatic standard which assures that Carey’s programs in English and English education provide experiences and resources necessary to prepare candidates effectively. It also affirms the standards in candidate performance which focus directly on what English language arts teachers should know and be able to do In addition, the NCATE/NCTE review focused especially on the program’s assessment system for candidate performance.  

According to Dr. Thomas Richardson, chair of the department of language and literature, “This is a good time to be at Carey for prospective teachers and students interested in English.  What we have done with assessments here has made our program better and shows us the value of this national recognition. The NCATE review noted that our program is strong in content knowledge and assessing – in multiple ways.  At the same time, we are mindful of how our candidates are able to apply that knowledge in the classroom and in teaching/learning situations.”