2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

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Accreditation is your assurance that academic programs meet the highest professional standards. Cal U's education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

NCATE Accreditation Report

Call for 3rd Party Comments

CAEP History and Growth

Presently California University of PA is seeking accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  As of July 2013, CAEP is the sole accrediting body for educator preparation providers due to the acceptance of the recommendation to form a new accrediting body by the NCATE and TEAC boards in 2010. As of 2016, the CAEP accreditation standards are fully recognized, with the NCATE and TEAC legacy standards no longer being utilized for accreditation purposes.

The College of Education and Liberal Arts at California University of PA is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on April 11-13, 2021. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be submitted before February 28, 2021, and be based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

Program Impact and Program Outcomes

As the accrediting body for all educator preparation programs, CAEP has eight annual reporting measures that provide information to all stakeholders regarding key aspects of Program Impact and Program Outcomes.  Listed below are each of the eight measures with links to supporting documentation.

Program Impact

Measure One: Impact on P-12 Learning and Development
Impact on Student Learning Data: Data regarding Cal U graduate's impact on the learning and development of the P-12 learners in their classrooms.

Measure Two: Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness Data: Data regarding the teaching effectiveness of Cal U graduates.

Measure Three: Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones
Employer interviews: Interview data from employers regarding their satisfaction with teachers and other education experts who graduate from Cal U.

Measure Four: Satisfaction of Completers
Completer interviews: Interview data from Cal U graduates regarding their satisfaction with teachers and other education experts who graduate from California University.

Program Outcomes 

Measure Five: Graduation Rates
Graduation rates: Completion rates for both initial certification and advanced certification students.

Measure Six: Ability of Completers to Meet Licensing (Certification) and Any Additional State Requirements; Title II (Initial and Advanced)
In alignment with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s certification testing matrix, 100% of the completers of both initial certification programs and advanced certification programs have the ability to meet and have met licensing (certification) for the licensure or endorsement for which they prepared.

2018–19 Title II Summary – Traditional

2018–19 Title II Summary – Alternative

Measure Seven: Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Prepared (initial and Advanced)
All completers of both initial certification programs and advanced certification programs met licensing (certification) for the licensure or endorsement for which they prepared. Additionally, all completers of both initial certification programs and advanced certification programs met all requirements for graduation. Therefore, 100% of both initial certification programs and advanced certification programs have the ability to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared.

Career Outcomes

Measure Eight: Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information
Default rates: Information provided by the Office of Federal Student Aid.

Consumer information: Information for consumers.