Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University among 42 Teacher Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence

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By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: accreditation, education, teacher prep



Mount St. Joseph University is pleased to share the following official news from The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2019) -- Mount St. Joseph University Teacher Education 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. Approximately, 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through former standards.

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.

“Our candidates, faculty, and partners should be very proud of the work they are doing. We have set a very high bar for our teacher preparation program and CAEP Accreditation validates the hard work we are doing,” said Harrison Collier, Undergraduate Chair and Director of Accreditation.

The Mount St. Joseph University Teacher Education Program joins 41 other providers to receive accreditation this spring, bringing the total number to 238 CAEP-accredited providers from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

About the Mount

As a Catholic institution rooted in the values of the Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Joseph University excels at serving the common good. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at the Mount are inspired to think beyond the classroom and redraw the bounds of what’s possible for their futures. This is accomplished through individualized educational experiences, a safe, secure campus environment, and an all-in commitment from faculty and staff to seeing students reach their highest potential. The Mount fosters life-long learners who serve, care, and contribute to the world beyond their front doors.