For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Vanover

 May 15, 2017


16 Educator Prep Providers from 10 States and the District of Columbia  Recognized for National Excellence in Educator Prep

50 programs now meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards to better prepare our teachers of tomorrow 


WASHINGTON – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced today that 16 providers from 10 states and the District of Columbia have received accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The spring 2017 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 50 the total number of providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards—rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation. 

“These providers meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider and provides opportunities for continuous improvement to programs committed to excellence.”

CAEP is the sole accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all providers focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system, including many grandfathered into accreditation under former standards.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

If a program fails to meet one of the five standards or required components under the standards, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in less than two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard. Providers, seeking first time accreditation, that do not meet one or more of the standards are denied accreditation.

“These providers should be very proud of the work they are doing. We’ve set a very high bar with our standards and receiving accreditation validates the hard work educator preparation providers are doing,” said Dr. Kim Walters-Parker, Chair of CAEP’s Accreditation Council. “Candidates in programs receiving CAEP accreditation are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for educator preparation.”

The 16 providers that received CAEP accreditation in spring 2017 are joining the 34 providers previously accredited. Overall, 50 preparation providers from 25 states and the District of Columbia have received CAEP accreditation.

The class of spring 2017 is listed below.

Campbell University (NC)
Canisius College (NY)
Central Michigan University
Cleveland State University (OH)
Indiana University Kokomo
Murray State University (KY)
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Randolph College (VA)
Teach-Now (DC)
The University of Dayton (OH)
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Troy University (AL)
University of Louisville (KY)
University of Mount Union (OH)
University of Wisconsin-Stout 

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.