Shepherd University Department of Teacher Education
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. West Virginia has a partnership agreement that describe the goals of the partnership and the key responsibilities of signatory parties and educator preparation providers (EPPs). States specify the composition of the visitor team as well as the program review options programs within EPPs may use. The CAEP Accreditation Handbook provides detail on the standards for accreditation and the required evidence files.
Shepherd University’s Department of Teacher Education underwent an accreditation review by CAEP on November 5-7, 2017. On April 30, 2018, the CAEP Actions Council made its final decision noting that Shepherd’s EPP met all accreditation standards with a stipulation to address through the annual reporting process on Standard 2.2.
Simply put, accreditation is quality assurance through external peer review. When an institution or specialized program is accredited, it has demonstrated that meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo a similar review on a regular basis. Typically reviews are conducted every 7 to 10 years.
About Accreditation, CAEP and Why It Matters
There are two types of accreditation: institutional and professional (sometimes called programmatic).
Professional accreditors review departments, schools, and colleges usually within a higher education institution. An institution, especially a larger university, might simultaneously maintain accreditation from a regional accreditor as well as from several professional accreditors.
CAEP is a professional accreditor because it reviews departments, schools, and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. After completing a program, teachers seek licensure or certification from the state in which they wish to teach. (Excerpted from the CAEP website).
To help you and your students become familiar with the “language” of CAEP, please go to the CAEP glossary.