PNW educator prep program recognized for national excellence

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on June 30, 2021 with No Comments

Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) School of Education and Counseling is one of 60 providers from 26 states to receive accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council announced recently.

The CAEP accreditation standards are rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in education preparation programs. A total of 423 providers from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are approved for accreditation by the Council.

The Purdue University Northwest education preparation program notably produces high-quality educators. Of teachers who graduated from PNW, 96% were marked effective/highly effective in their annual reviews. Additionally, 80% of candidates passed their pedagogy license exams on the first attempt.

“Our students and instructors should be very proud of the work they are doing. We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher preparation program, and our CAEP accreditation validates the hard work we are doing,” said PNW School of Education and Counseling Director Anne Gregory. “Our students and their families are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for teacher preparation.”

CAEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. Approximately 700 educator preparation providersparticipate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through former standards.

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