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The Evelyn R. Syphax School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Union University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October of 2013. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit your written comments no later than July 27, 2013 to:

Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to:

Correspondence will be submitted to Virginia Union University via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the Board of Examiners team or the institution. For questions, contact Nate Thomas at the email address above.




In spring 2013, candidates in EDU 323/324FB (Adaptive Constructivist Teaching) were asked to prepare a short video clip showcasing their reflections on their experience in the Teacher Education program at VUU in light of a selected NCATE Standard. The assignment was a perfect exercise in critical/reflective inquiry, a foundational component of the Teacher Education Department’s conceptual framework (i.e., The Teacher as a Reflective Explorer). Additionally, since the assignment was a group project, candidates were expected to demonstrate the collaborative skills essential to the conceptual framework’s goal of Ethic of Caring. Further, the key concept of Competence was demonstrated through mastery and application of the selected NCATE Standard. As they reflected, candidates watched the elements of the NCATE Standard “come alive” – a genuine constructivist process of meaning-making.