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 will undergo an accreditation review by CAEP on November 5-7. Information about third-party comments is listed below.
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.
The Department of Education at Shepherd University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on [November 5-7, 2017]. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written testimony to:
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMMENTS
Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
- In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
- A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
- Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.