UB School of Education recognized for excellence in teacher preparation
Call it an A+ for the School of Education at the University of Bridgeport.
Officials this week announced that the school received prestigious recognition and accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the only nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation programs in the U.S.
The School of Education also received program approval from the state of Connecticut through 2025.
Accreditation of educator preparation programs is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review. CAEP’s imprimatur is therefore a significant affirmation that teacher training at a particular institution meets the highest standards.
University of Bridgeport’s School of Education is just one of 52 providers from 27 states and Puerto Rico to earn the CAEP accreditation this fall, bringing the total to 196 providers that have been approved under the CAEP’s so-called Teacher Preparation Standards.
“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 said. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”
CAEP representatives made a successful site visit to the University of Bridgeport’s School of Education in April 2018, after which the CAEP Council awarded the school with its national recognition of accreditation through 2025.
“We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher prep program and the CAEP Accreditation validates the hard work we are doing,” said School of Education Director Dr. Allen Cook. “University of Bridgeport students and their families are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for teacher preparation.”
Educator preparation providers seeking CAEP accreditation must pass peer review on five standards 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.
If a program fails to meet one of the five standards, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard.
The School of Education at the University of Bridgeport is home to the first tuition-paid internship program in the country. It works closely with more than 60 school districts in Connecticut and Westchester, NY. The goals of the UB School of Education are to create passionate and professional educators who are knowledgeable about subject matter, committed to inquiry, and responsive to diversity.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. 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.
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Featured in photo: The UB School of Education CAEP team: Technology & Communication Specialist Sebert Brooks, Associate Professor Nancy DeJarnette, and Dean Allen Cook