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TEAC Accreditation

Teacher Education Accreditation Council/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation TEAC/CAEP

It is important that programs leading to degrees and Teacher Education in grades PK-12 meet state and national standards of quality in academic learning and performance. To meet this goal, all Teacher Education programs at Case Western Reserve University are approved by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents. Case Western Reserve University has also chosen to be nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) which is part of the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP). In addition, the teacher education programs offered through the Music Department are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The TEAC/CAEP Principles

TEAC/CAEP has three Quality Principles that guide each institution in seeking national accreditation.

Quality Principle I: Evidence of candidate learning (Educational Leadership components in italics

Programs must provide sufficient evidence that candidates have learned and understood the teacher education curriculum. Each component and cross-cutting theme of QP I must contribute to the overall goal of producing competent, caring and qualified teachers.

  • Evidence of candidate’s subject matter knowledge
  • Evidence of candidate’s professional knowledge

  • Evidence of candidate’s Pedagogical knowledge
  • Evidence of candidate’s strategic decision-making

  • Evidence of candidate’s caring and effective teaching skill
  • Evidence of candidate’s caring leadership skills

Evidence of the cross-cutting liberal education themes:

  • Learning how to learn
  • Multicultural perspectives and accuracy
  • Technology
  • Evidence of valid interpretations of the assessments

Quality Principle II: Evidence of faculty learning and inquiry

  • Rationale for assessments
  • Program decisions and planning based on evidence
  • Influential quality control system
  • Curriculum meets professional license requirements
  • Faculty accept TEAC/CAEP goal and program’s Inquiry Brief and
    have an accurate and balanced understanding of the field

  • Candidates: admissions policies encourage diversity and service in
    high-demand areas and student services contribute to candidate success in learning

  • Resources: monitored and enhanced by the program’s quality control
    system

    Quality Principle III: Evidence of Institutional commitment and capacity for program quality

  • Commitment (parity)
  • Curriculum meets institutional standards and degree requirements
  • Faculty qualifications are equal to or better than the statistics
    for the institution as a whole

  • Facilities are proportionate to the overall institutional resources
  • Fiscal and administrative resources adequate to promote candidate
    learning as required by Quality Principle 1 and in parity with the
    institution

  • Candidate support equal to the level of support services provided
    by the institution as a whole

  • Candidate complaints proportionally no greater or significant than
    the complaints by candidates in the institution’s other programs

  • Capacity (sufficiency)
  • Curriculum reflects an appropriate number of credits and credit
    hour requirements for the components of Quality Principle 1

  • Faculty are qualified for their teaching assignments
  • Facilities are appropriate and adequate to promote success in
    candidate learning as required by Quality Principle 1

  • Fiscal and administrative: institution is financially sound and
    there is an appropriate level of institutional resources for faculty development

  • Candidate support services are sufficient to support successful
    completion of the program

  • Policies and practices are adequate for program quality and
    satisfy federal requirements

    The Teacher Education Program at Case Western Reserve University makes four claims that are aligned with TEAC Quality Principle I and provides evidence of the success of the program in meeting these claims:

    1. CWRU program completers understand the subject matter they intend to teach.
    2. CWRU program completers understand pedagogy and child development, can successfully convert subject matter knowledge into effective lessons, and utilize appropriate formal and informal assessments.
    3. CWRU program completers are caring and competent educators who are proactive in their professional responsibilities.
    4. CWRU program completers are reflective practitioners who engage in opportunities to grow professionally and foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community.

    Current Status

    The Case Western Reserve University Teacher Education Program at Case Western Reserve University is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2015 to April 2022.

    With sincere appreciation, we thank our faculty, students, alumni, P-12 colleagues and friends for supporting and contributing to our programs in the teacher education unit.

    In addition to recognizing the outstanding quality of our programs and students, TEAC/CAEP commended our distinctive, longstanding relationships with the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music.