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The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has granted full accreditation to Concordia University, St. Paul for its teacher preparation programs through December 2022. CSP is now one of fewer than 100 providers in the U.S. meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards to better prepare tomorrow’s teachers.
CAEP determined that Concordia’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and that its faculty and staff has created a culture of evidence to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs offered at CSP.
“Our students, staff, and faculty should be very proud of the work they are doing. We desire to be the best teacher preparation program we can possibly be and the CAEP accreditation validates the hard work we are doing,” said Lonn Maly, Dean of the College of Education. “Our students and their families are investing in an education program that is nationally accredited and that ranks favorably with the best institutions in the country.”
The accreditation is a seal of approval that ensures programs prepare new teachers to know their subject matter and their students and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively. CAEP is the sole accrediting body for educator preparation. To maintain accreditation an institution or program must undergo a similar review every seven years.
“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 and provides opportunities for continuous improvement to programs committed to excellence.”
Concordia is one of only two institutions in the state of Minnesota accredited by CAEP.
“We began our CAEP accreditation process in the spring of 2014,” said Lynn Gehrke, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and CAEP Coordinator. “Since then we have developed a culture of assessment and evaluation that guides our conversations, planning, and programming. Living the accreditation process led us to evaluate our best practice in order to foster best practice by our teacher candidates.”
The Department of Undergraduate Teacher Education is one of three departments in the College of Education at CSP. The college also includes the Department of Graduate Teacher Education, the Department of Doctoral Studies in Education, the Center for Inclusive Child Care, and the Dr. Barbara Schoenbeck Hand-in-Hand Child Care Center. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in a variety of programs for educators in the college from the bachelor’s level to the doctoral level.