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MSU among 42 teacher prep programs recognized for national excellence in educator prep

Jun 3, 2019

Credit Morehead State University

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that Morehead State is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for educator preparation programs. 

The spring 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 42 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 238 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. 

“Accreditation is important because it helps the University to meet or exceed the established quality standards for teacher preparation ensuring the best possible preparation for those entering the teaching field. It also helps the institution to be on an equal setting addressing quality standards with other institutions in the state,” said Dr. Christopher Miller, dean of the College of Education.

“The accreditation process pushes the educator preparation programs beyond what we might already be doing to focus on new ways of enhancing our programs as well as expanding our partnerships with school districts. The changes that are made based on the accreditation process benefit the students because of the enhancements continually made to the programs to address today’s education needs.”

“These institutions 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. It was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Approximately, 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through former standards.

Accreditation lasts seven years and MSU’s next site visit will be in 2025. MSU was previously accredited through National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE,) an accreditation it maintained for more than 20 years. 

To learn more about programs in MSU’s College of Education, visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/education or email Dr. Christopher Miller at c.miller@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2162.