The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP, was created in 2010. CAEP now oversees the development, implementation and outcomes of teacher preparation programs across the United States. This rigorous accreditation process requires institutions to follow established standards, giving students the assurance that they will receive a consistently high-quality education, and that the programs reflect current educational challenges and trends in meeting those challenges.
Students who enroll in a CAEP-accredited program can have confidence in the value and efficacy of their education. CAEP accreditation indicates that the university has been thoroughly vetted and rated for excellence and demonstrates continual growth and improvement. Accreditation commissions like CAEP are the seal of approval for an educational institution.
Ongoing Quality Control
According to CAEP, “Accreditation provides a framework that has pushed educator preparation programs to continually self-assess and conduct evidence-based analysis of their programs and their efficacy.” A school receives initial accreditation once they have demonstrated, through a self-study process, a formative review and a visit, they are able to “prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.” CAEP continues to monitor how each teaching education program implements appropriate teaching standards and grants accreditation renewal only after a thorough review every seven to ten years. This gives educators the confidence that after graduation, they can enter into new educational positions competitively and have the tools to best help their students.
When developing institutional standards, the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting focused on three factors that appear to have the strongest impact on student outcomes: content knowledge, field experience, and quality of teacher candidates.
From those foundational concepts, they built the following standards, approved by the CAEP Board of Directors in 2013:
- Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
- Clinical Partnerships and Practice
- Candidate Quality, Recruitment and Selectivity
- Program Impact
- and Provider Quality Assurance and continuous Improvement
Choosing the Right School
The Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education’s assertion that it has the faculty, programming and resources to help educators reach their full potential is supported by its CAEP accreditation status, having met their strict requirements for educator preparation. The Master in Education online programs closely align with curriculum standards, arming program graduates with a variety of tools and knowledge to be on the cutting edge of classroom instruction.
Coursework focuses on research strategies and design, student assessment procedures, field experience, curriculum development and design, state educational standards, practicums, collaborative models and theories, and preparation for Florida’s education examinations. Upon completion of the online programs, experienced and dedicated educators will understand and be able to use principles of inquiry, educational best practices, instructional strategies, research and analysis as they support and encourage students in the dynamic, growing complexity of the modern classroom.
Learn more about Florida Gulf Coast University’s online master’s in education programs.