Kent State University’s educator preparation programs are accredited through May 2023 by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which has been consolidated into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


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About NCATE & CAEP

Kent State's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by NCATE/CAEP since 1957. NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council consolidated in July 2013 to create the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Functioning as an independent organization since 2013, CAEP is an accrediting body for both initial and advanced educator licensure preparation. Here at Kent State, CAEP accredits the educator preparation programs on a seven-year cycle. NCATE review encompassed the M.Ed level Curriculum and Instruction program, however CAEP’s scope of accreditation will not. Kent State offers mostly initial-level programs Early, Middle, Adolescent, and Multi-Age education. As of Spring 2020, we have chosen to suspend our principal, superintendent, and administrative licensure programs. We offer a variety of endorsement and second-licensure opportunities. At this time, it is not clear if endorsement and second-license programs will be included in CAEP review due. KSU has requested additional clarification from the Ohio Department of Higher Education related to inclusion of endorsements in quality assurance arguments. The teacher education programs in Music Education, Art Education, Dance Education, as well as our programs in Library/Media Education, School Psychology, School Speech-Language Pathology, School Audiology, and School Counseling are exempt from CAEP review due to recognition of these programs by CHEA-recognized third-party accreditors.

Accreditation Standards

CAEP Standards:

  1. Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  2. Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  3. Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  4. Program Impact
  5. Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity

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