Kent State’s Teacher Preparation Programs Receive Accreditation, 2016-2023

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Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services recently received accreditation from 2016-2023 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (P-12) student learning.

Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services offers P-12 education programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent Education (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), Special Education (Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Intensive, Deaf Education) and Multi-Age Education (Health, Physical Education). The college offers graduate-level preparation in Early Childhood Intervention, Instructional Technology, Literacy, Education Administration (Principal, Superintendent), School Counseling, School Psychology and School Speech Language Pathology. Through its partner colleges, Kent State offers undergraduate and graduate programs in World Languages, Teaching English as a Second Language, Music, Art and Dance (graduate only).  

In the 2014-2015 academic year, more than 500 degrees were awarded in educator preparation-associated programs, and there are approximately 300 professional and clinical Kent State-based faculty (both full- and part-time) associated with education preparation programs, across five colleges. 

During the accreditation site visit in November 2015, more than 300 students, faculty, staff, P-12 partners and alumni took part in the on-site interviews.

“This high level of participation from our most critical stakeholders served as a testament to the quality of our educator preparation programs, and we are grateful for their participation,” says Mark Kretovics, interim dean of Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

The college’s next teacher preparation accreditation visit is scheduled for fall 2022. The decision was rendered by CAEP using NCATE Standards.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, visit www.kent.edu/ehhs.