Salt Lake City, Utah--(November 1, 2006)--The Teachers College of Western Governors University ( has received full and unconditional five-year accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

This is the first ever NCATE accreditation for an online institution. According to NCATE, "In 2001, NCATE modified its standards in part to anticipate the accreditation of non-traditional providers, and WGU is the first to engage the opportunity." The approval ratifies WGU's focus on the quality of its teacher preparation programs. It further validates that WGU's online, competency-based programs meet the highest criteria by which professional education programs are evaluated.

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