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 in the state of Ohio must be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. Case Western Reserve University has also chosen the national accrediting agency, TEAC/CAEP to accredit the teacher education unit. TEAC/CAEP’s primary role is to accredit undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of the teacher licensing programs at CWRU.
The TEAC/CAEP Standards
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
- 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
Quality Principle III: Evidence of Institutional commitment and capacity for program quality
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
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
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:
- CWRU program completers understand the subject matter they intend to teach.
- CWRU program completers understand pedagogy and child development, can successfully convert subject matter knowledge into effective lessons, and utilize appropriate formal and informal assessments.
- CWRU program completers are caring and competent educators who are proactive in their professional responsibilities.
- 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.
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.