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Supporting Accreditation and Developing EE Preservice Programs
NAAEE continued working with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to ensure that every future teacher attending more than 660 NCATE-accredited colleges and universities is highly qualified to teach about the environment and environmental issues. Two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates come from NCATE-accredited schools.

In Year 5, the first three universities to seek accreditation under NCATE’s new EE requirements filed EE standards reports. NAAEE also began to develop a “Certificate of Distinction” to guide and recognize EE programs at institutions not accredited by NCATE. NAAEE’s Pre-Service Advisory Council delivered training in the EE standards for teacher-education faculty attending NAAEE’s 2009 and 2010 conferences. In addition, NAAEE continued to develop the Higher Education Directory and improved its search features; 600 faculty members accessed 201,000 pages in the directory during Year 5.