Next Reviewer Training and Seminar for Program Submission
There will be a session on how to review program submissions for the new 2012 NSTA Preservice Standards. At the same time, others can learn how to properly prepare their programs and assessments for submission using the new 2012 NSTA Preservice Standards. I will also be available at the conference Thursday and Friday for private consultation. Please e-mail me (VealW@cofc.edu) with any questions or to arrange for an individual session.
- NSTA Regional Conference: Portland, Oregon, October 24–26, 2013. Date and Time TBD.
- NSTA Regional Conference: Charlotte, North Carolina, November 7–9, 2013. Date and Time TBD.
- NSTA Regional Conference: Denver, Colorado, December 12–14, 2013. Date and Time TBD.
- ASTE International Conference: San Antonio, Texas, January 15–18, 2014. Date and Time TBD.
- NSTA National Conference: Boston, Massachusetts, April 3–6, 2014. Date and Time TBD.
Webinar on Submitting an NSTA Folio
A webinar was completed on March 11, 2012. Please click on the following link, Webinar, and view the training for a submission of a NCATE – NSTA SPA folio. This is great review for reviewers, auditors, and NCATE coordinators at institutions.
Science Teacher Preparation Programs
NSTA has recently voted to replace and update the 2003 Standards for Science Teacher Preparation. These Standards were submitted to NCATE Specialty Areas Study Board (SASB) in October 2011 for NCATE approval. The new standards align well with the conceptual framework of NCATE and the SASB principles, and they will allow programs to continue with their current data collection with minor changes. NSTA will accept reports and data based upon the new standards in the fall of 2012. The last time to accept reports under the 2003 Preservice Standards will be spring 2014. All reports submitted in the fall of 2014 will have to be completed with two administrations of instruments using the 2012 NSTA Preservice Standards.
A transitional document describing what is needed for the submission of a Program Folio to NCATE, soon to be the Council for the Accreditation of Educator preparation (CAEP), can be found on this link, 2012 Submission. This link will contain directions for completing the folio and contain the documents that NCATE/CAEP will need from each institution. The NCATE/CAEP documents and directions can also be found on the NCATE website.
2012 NSTA Standards for Science Teacher Preparation
All institutions need to prepare and submit their reports based upon the 2003 Standards. Use this link to download a PDF of a PowerPoint presentation explaining how to prepare your 2003 NCATE NSTA Report. The links below will help you prepare your 2003 Report.
Use this link to find resources for the 2003 Standards Report. This page contains the Content Analysis Form needed for Assessment 2, sample assessments for Assessments 3–5, and ideas for completing Assessment 6.
The NCATE website also has a Resource Library that contains more examples of successfully written reports. Go to NCATE and click on the SPA Assessment Library tab on the left. Scroll down to NSTA and hit the display button. This will show you examples from other institutions.
- Resources, information, and application to be a reviewer: go here
Initial Licensure Post Baccalaureate (IL/PB) programs information
Programs recognized since 2005
Congratulations to programs that have met the rigorous review of their preservice science teacher preparation programs. View programs recognized by NSTA (PDF) since fall 2005 (previously recognized programs are not included).
NEW! SPA Coordinator (NSTA Accreditation Coordinator):
Word cloud of the 2011 Standards for Science Teacher Preparation