University of Evansville’s School of Education Achieved Seven Year Accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation
Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017
The School of Education at the University of Evansville has been granted seven year accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) with the next site visit in Spring 2023.
After an intense period of self-study which began in 2013, UE hosted a site visit with a CAEP review team in April of 2016. The site visit team reviewed extensive reports and interviewed members of the School of Education team to evaluate and verify the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the council’s standards for accreditation.
The CAEP standards are as follows:
- Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
- Clinical Partnerships and Practice
- Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
- Program Impact
- Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement
“The accrediting team noted that we had strong, sincere relationships with our school partners,” said Sharon Gieselmann, chair of the department of education at UE. “We are fortunate to have excellent school partners who mentor UE students during school placements beginning their freshman year. This experience allows students to apply what they are learning in university coursework in a real world classroom setting. This partnership helps us provide quality candidates who are prepared to teach in K-12 schools."
CAEP’s mission is to advance excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 learning.
“The most important aspect of the accreditation process is continuous improvement,” said Tom Kazee, the president of the University of Evansville. “By choosing this higher level of accreditation, we’ve shown that we’re willing to use new measures to enhance the quality of the program which will, in turn, strengthen our schools and our community.”
The School of Education at the University of Evansville has been preparing quality teachers for over 160 years with a challenging curriculum in a supportive environment. UE students thrive in small classes with dedicated faculty advisors. 100 percent of the 2015-15 class is working in the field of education or enrolled in graduate school.