College of Education Achieves National Accreditation
November 16, 2017
Angelo State University’s educator preparation programs in the College of Education are now nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education.
Representatives from CAEP’s Accreditation Council made their final site visit to the ASU campus in April. Based on the site visit findings, data submitted by ASU, and solicited third-party comments on the quality of its programs, the College of Education achieved CAEP accreditation with no areas identified as needing improvement. The accredited status will apply through 2024, when ASU will be eligible for re-accreditation.
Educator preparation programs applying for CAEP accreditation are assessed on five educational standards:
- Content and pedagogical knowledge
- Clinical partnerships and practices
- Candidate quality, recruitment and selectivity
- Program impact
- Provider quality assurance and continuous improvement
Currently, 312 undergraduate and 1,110 graduate students are enrolled in Angelo State’s educator preparation programs.
“Achieving national accreditation,” said Dr. John Miazga, College of Education dean, “means our graduates meet a standard of excellence in preparation that is recognized throughout the country. It also enhances the value of an ASU degree and the marketability of our graduates who enter the teaching profession.”
ASU’s educator preparation programs were previously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 2011. NCATE has merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to form CAEP. ASU is only the second Texas university to achieve accreditation from the newly-formed CAEP.
ASU President Brian J. May said, “One of Angelo State University’s greatest contributions to West Texas is the number of education graduates who leave here and teach K-12 in area schools. The CAEP accreditation report reaffirms our belief that we are administrating a quality program and that school districts in West Texas and beyond are receiving quality teachers when they hire our alumni.”
In addition to CAEP, ASU’s education programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency. Additionally, ASU’s Early Childhood through 6th Grade program has been awarded Nationally Recognized status by the Association for Childhood Education International, and the Early Childhood through 6th Grade with Special Education program attained Nationally Recognized status from the Council for Exceptional Children.