Minot State among 42 teacher prep programs recognized for national excellence in educator prep

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced today that Minot State University is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for their 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. 

“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. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

If a program fails to meet one of the five standards, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard. 

“Six years ago we started the work to ensure our education programs were aligned with the CAEP standards and requirements,” said Dr. Erik Kana, assistant vice president for academic affairs and the head of MSU Teacher Education Unit. “Many people aided in this work, including MSU faculty, staff, and area P-12 school partners. We are overjoyed at the successful completion of this accreditation cycle, and we are proud of the quality accredited teacher education programs we offer. Minot State produces high-quality educators for our state and region, continuing the original mission of the institution.”

Minot State’s accreditation status with CAEP is effective until Spring 2025 and MSU’s next site visit is scheduled for Fall 2024.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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Published: 05/31/19   

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