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08/07/2008

Winthrop Psychology Chair Picked to Head NCATE's Executive Board

Quick Facts

 Joe Prus elected to head the Executive Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
 Prus, a psychologist, sees opportunity and challenge during his tenure.

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Joe Prus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joseph S. Prus has been named as the chair of the Executive Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the 2008-09 year. Prus is professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Winthrop University in South Carolina.

The NCATE Executive Board chair position rotates each year among representatives of the four major groups of NCATE’s more than 30 member organizations: teacher educators, teachers, state and local policymakers, and school specialists. The member groups represent millions of educators and members of the public nationwide. Prus was appointed from the specialty organization quadrant through his leadership in the National Association of School Psychologists.

Prus’ leadership in both NCATE and the National Association of School Psychologists is longstanding. From 1993 to 2005 he served as chair of the Program Approval Board of the National Association of School Psychologists. Prus has been at the forefront of training and credentialing in school psychology, including the integration of school psychology standards into preparation programs. He has authored numerous professional publications.

Prus chaired NCATE’s Specialty Areas Studies Board from 2000 to 2002 and its Process and Evaluation Committee from 2002 to 2004; this board reviews and approves program standards for teacher and specialist preparation for use in accredited colleges of education. While serving as chair of NCATE’s Executive Board, Prus also sits on an NCATE task force charged with developing a conceptual framework for new iterations of program standards of NCATE’s member specialized professional associations.

Prus sees opportunity and challenge ahead during his tenure as NCATE’s Executive Board chair. He says, “NCATE has begun a streamlining effort to ensure improved cost benefit for institutions; this is a good start. NCATE plans to seek input from all of its institutions and constituent organizations to determine what other changes must be made to make accreditation a more cost effective yet rigorous process. In addition, I am pleased that plans for the NCATE and TEAC joint design team are moving ahead. This will hopefully provide a historic opportunity to develop a single system of teacher education accreditation that best assures qualified teachers for our nation’s children.”

For more information, contact Prus at 803/323-2630 or e-mail him at prusj@winthrop.edu.

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