LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is proud to announce that it has received national recognition for its secondary science education programs. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) issued national recognition on February 2, 2009. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Lock Haven University offers the BSEd. in Secondary Education leading to certification in five different areas: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, general science, and physics. National recognition from NCATE/NSTA means that the LHU secondary science education program meets national standards and will be listed as nationally recognized on websites and/or other publications of NCATE and NSTA. Lock Haven University may designate its program as nationally recognized by NCATE through the next review cycle in 5 years.
Michael Cullin, associate professor of physics and science education and author of the program’s reports to the NCATE/NSTA reviewers, spoke about the significance of national recognition. “In the simplest sense, it means that science educators from around the country recognize that we have a strong program,” he said. Cullin added, “The national recognition is a testament to the hard work and collaboration among all of the stakeholders in the secondary science education programs at Lock Haven University. It reinforces something I think we all believe: Lock Haven University produces top-notch secondary science teachers who really know their content and how to help students learn it.”
David White, dean of the College of Arts and Science, said, “Reaccreditation of the science education programs at Lock Haven University is confirmation of LHU’s excellent programs in all the sciences. It is also confirmation of the quality of teachers that Lock Haven produces.”