The Council for the
Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced last week that
Midwestern State University is one of 52 providers from 27 states and Puerto
Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs.
Dr. Matthew Capps, Dean of the
Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education, said that attaining the
accreditation is a demanding process that takes a great deal of cooperation
with Wichita Falls ISD and Burkburnett ISD. “The experiences our students are
able to receive in those schools really set them apart, and this was noted as
part of the final site report,” Capps said. Capps also said that the college received
commendations for the working relationship it has with the other colleges
within MSU Texas.
MSU is the only Texas school
receiving national accreditation this year. “That happened with no areas for
improvement and no stipulations, which is extremely rare,” Capps said.
“We are not nationally
accredited and therefore, produce good teachers,” Capps said. “It is the other
way around. We produce good teachers, and therefore, we are nationally
accredited. Our faculty does a great job making sure our students are ready to
enter the classroom. All of the planning, assessment, analysis, partnerships,
evaluation, etc. that goes into producing high quality teachers results in
Capps said that the importance
of national accreditation comes into play when students graduate and seek
employment. “Being nationally accredited may not make much difference to a
student but when they get hired, principals tell us it’s like hiring a teacher
with one year of experience already. That matters,” Capps said.
The fall 2018 review by the
Council resulted in 52 newly accredited educator prep providers,
bringing the total to 196 providers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and
Puerto Rico that are 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 their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed
in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President
Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on
the part of an educator preparation provider.”
Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must
pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:
solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are
competent and caring educators; and
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.
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. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers
participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously
accredited through former standards.
Contact Capps at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 940-397-4138 for more information.