College of Education receives CAEP Accreditation
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that Doane University is one of 59 providers from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The fall 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 59 newly accredited schools, bringing the total to 281 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards -- rigorous, nationally-recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
Doane University’s College of Education received accreditation from CAEP for all of its initial programs in the college. The accreditation is for the licensure of undergraduate programs on the Crete campus (K-12 special education, secondary education, elementary education teachers) and the Initial Programs at the Advanced Level (IPAL) which are part of the Master of Curriculum and Instruction program.
Doane’s College of Education had been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in the past until CAEP became the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
“For Doane, the accreditation process is a chance to show outside stakeholders what we’re all about and that we can meet rigorous national standards,” said Dr. Tim Frey, Interim Dean of the College of Education. “It also forces us to reflect and look internally at what we’re doing well and what we can get better at. Accreditation is about continuous improvement.”
Accreditation is a non-governmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP’s accreditation cycle is every seven years, so the next time CAEP will have a site visit at Doane for its initial programs will be in 2026. Doane’s advanced programs will be up for CAEP accreditation in 2022.
“One of the keys to successful accreditation is that everyone has to be invested in what’s going on,” Frey said. “It takes the whole team of our faculty and staff in the college to make the national accreditation happen but Lyn Forester (who recently retired as Dean of the college), was clearly our leader.”
There are currently 863 undergraduate and graduate students in Doane’s College of Education programs. 102 graduate students in the College of Education received their diploma at Doane’s December Commencement ceremony on Sunday, December 15.
For more information on the CAEP Accreditation process, visit here.