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The Impact NCIDQ Certification has on the Effectiveness of an Interior Design Educator

Author: Nile Adrian Johnson
Date: 2011
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

In my investigation of various positions posting for design educators, the common denominator of most of these postings for educators is the preferred or mandatory requirement for NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification. NCIDQ certification has been put in place to identify those individuals who are uniquely qualified through education, experience and examination to competently practice interior design. Is this the only indicator of a practitioner’s competency? Are there other qualifiers in which one can be considered a competent and experienced practitioner, and therefore qualified to be an effective interior design educator? If the role of the interior design educator is aligned with the needs of today’s student population, academic learning objectives and outcomes, and demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively, why are hiring practices largely impacted by NCIDQ certification? By establishing the qualities of a successful and effective design educator, I hope to discover and share new and innovative ideas that program directors and accrediting bodies can incorporate in their hiring practices and evaluation processes.