The Hiram College Education Program is one of 147 providers in the U.S. meeting new, rigorous Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) national accreditation standards to better prepare tomorrow’s teachers.
Hiram is one of 46 providers from 22 states and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for its educator preparation programs, CAEP announced last week. The spring 2018 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 147 the total number of providers approved under 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,” CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch noted in a press release. “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. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards.
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.
“The Education Department at Hiram is pleased that our teacher licensure program has met the rigorous standards set forth by CAEP. We are proud of the work of our teacher candidates, faculty, and staff in partnership with our Advisory Council, area schools, teachers, and families to make the teacher education program excellent in all regards,” says Head of Teacher Education Roxanne Sorrick, Ed.D., professor of education. Dr. Sorrick adds that Hiram received the recognition without any stipulations or areas for improvement. “This level of performance is a testimony to the strengths and benefits of our small, student-centered teacher licensure program.”