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Missouri State receives continued national accreditation

University accredited as Education Preparation Provider
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Student teacher answers young student's question.Missouri State University recently received continuing accreditation as an Education Preparation Provider through fall 2018 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the United States. The programs had been accredited for many years by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Dr. David Hough, dean of the College of Education, said the college is quickly becoming recognized as a leader throughout the community and state, as well as nationally, for being proactive on a number of educator preparation issues.

“Missouri State education graduates are among an elite group of highly qualified and expertly prepared educators in our nation’s workforce, as documented by this very favorable accreditation report,” said Hough.

The College of Education established the office of accreditation, assessment and data management in August 2013. The office will provide annual reports to CAEP each spring.

“The College of Education is pleased to join our colleagues throughout the Professional Education Unit in recognition of achieving full accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation,” said Hough. “Many faculty, staff and administrators worked diligently over the past two years to ensure, as an Education Preparation Provider, MSU met all CAEP Standards. We are now in the process of developing a sophisticated assessment system to document yearly progress our students make throughout their college experiences and professional lives.”

Missouri State’s College of Education, in partnership with the other academic colleges, offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and certificate education programs. Units within the College of Education include childhood education and family studies; counseling, leadership and special education; reading, foundations and technology; the Child Development Center; and Greenwood Laboratory School. High school and K-12 certification programs are offered through the department and college of the discipline being studied. Many community initiatives to benefit educators and K-12 students in the region are sponsored by the College of Education and departments on campus that offer secondary education programs.

More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system, which serves all providers previously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
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About the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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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