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College Of Education Accreditations

Call For Comments

The College of Education at the University of Central Missouri is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on April 16-18, 2023. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation 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:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and 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.
  • Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. 


CAEP Accredited

The University of Central Missouri is fully accredited at the national level by the Higher Learning Commission. Our teacher education programs have been authorized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for teacher licensure. Furthermore, the professional education unit is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), having been continuously accredited since 1954 (formerly NCATE).

Initial Licensure Programs Reviewed and Accredited by CAEP

  • Early Childhood Birth - 3rd Grade
  • Elementary Grades 1-6
  • Middle School (ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Business, Engineering and Technology, Speech and Theater)
  • Special Education (Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical, Severe Developmental Disabilities)
  • Secondary Education (Agriculture, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering and Technology, English, Family Consumer Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics, Social Science, Speech and Theater)
  • K-12 (Art, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Physical Education)
  • Library Science

Advanced Programs Reviewed and Accredited by CAEP

  • Educational Leadership
  • Career and Technical Education Administrator Certification

Individual Programs

Although optional, a number of programs have also chosen to seek out individual recognition where available.

Specialized Professional Associations

In conjunction with CAEP, national recognition via various Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) are possible in certain content areas. Those programs currently nationally recognized include:

  • Library Media Specialist, K-12
  • Mathematics, 9-12
  • Social Studies, 9-12
  • Special Education, Cross-Categorical, K-12
  • Special Education, Early Childhood
  • Special Education, Severe Developmental Disabilities, K-12

Nationally Accredited

Several programs have sought out national accreditation by professional organizations where available. These include:

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Measure #1: Completer Effectiveness

Measure #2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement

Measure #3: Candidate Competency at Completion

Measure #4: Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They have Been Prepared


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