WASHINGTON – Today, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation announced that 25 providers from 18 states earned accreditation for their educator preparation programs (EPPs). These providers join previously accredited providers in promoting excellence in educator preparation, bringing the total of CAEP-accredited EPPs to 366.

The CAEP Accreditation Council held its Fall 2020 review in October, during which 25 providers were approved under the rigorous, nationally recognized CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards.

“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.”

CAEP is the sole nationally-recognized 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. Approximately 700 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through 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, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard. 

The addition of these 25 EPPs to those previously accredited brings the total number of CAEP-accredited providers to 366. These schools span across 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Class of Fall 2020:

v  University of South Alabama, AL

v  Arkansas Tech University, AR

v  Concord University, WV

v  The University of Tampa, College of

Social Sciences, Mathematics,

and Education, FL

v  Goshen College, IN

v  Indiana University East, IN

v  University of the Cumberlands, KY

v  Louisiana State University and A&M College, LA

v  Baker College, MI

v  Oakland University, MI

v  Mayville State University, ND

v  Chadron State College, NE

v  Caldwell University, NJ

v  Stockton University, NJ

v  Relay Graduate School of Education, NY

v  Touro College, NY

v  Wilmington College, OH

v  Oklahoma Christian University, OK

v  Duquesne University, PA

v  Robert Morris University, PA

v  University of South Carolina-Aiken, SC

v  Lincoln Memorial University, TN

v  Lipscomb University, TN

v  Union University, TN

v  University of Mary Washington, VA


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