The Whetstone/ Kim Manahan

Despite losing accreditation with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Wesley College’s Education Department received individual

program recognition from two of its three NCATE-affiliated Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) for its Elementary Education K-6 and Physical Education

K-12 programs. Wesley’s Education 5-8 program received recognition in January 2009 with the National Middle School Association.

Each of these programs is recognized for five years before the college has to submit an update.

NCATE will have its next on-site visit to Wesley College Nov. 12-16, said Dr. Patricia Dwyer, vice president of academic affairs.

From there, they will determine if the Education department becomes re-accredited.

Faculty members from other departments of the college are working on improving the standards alongside of the education department, Dwyer said.

“It’s a good thing for education to include people in the discussion,” she said.