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Alcorn’s School of Education and Psychology recognized for national excellence

Published 2:37 PM Wednesday 23 November 2022

WASHINGTON – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced today that Alcorn State University School of Education and Psychology is one of 55 providers from 28 states and the United Arab Emirates to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs to have. The Fall 2022 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 55 educator preparation providers being accredited, for a total of 507 providers accredited under the CAEP Accreditation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards developed to ensure excellence in preparatory programs for educators.

“These institutions maintain high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a variety of classrooms after graduation,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A Koch. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educational preparation provider.”

CAEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review-based activity that serves the dual function of quality assurance and facilitation of improvement. CAEP is a unified accreditation system designed to improve the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. More than 600 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system, including some previously accredited by previous standards.

“As our state and nation continues to suffer from an educator shortage, we are very proud of the work our School of Education and Psychology is doing to solve the pipeline problem,” said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, President of Alcorn State University. “Through this accreditation, our programs continue to produce high quality graduates who are educated and employable to the highest standard.”

Training preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass a peer review of CAEP standards, which are based on two principles:

Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
Solid evidence that the provider’s teaching staff are able to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and improve the quality of the professional programs they deliver.
If a program fails to meet any of the standards, it will be put on probation for two years. The probationary period can be waived in two years if a program demonstrates that it meets the standard.

In 2015, Alcorn became the country’s first HBCU and the only college in Mississippi to be accredited by the CAEP. Earlier this year, the school completed its CAEP endorsement virtual on-site visit, which included: a self-study report categorizing the evidence according to CAEP standards, a formative peer review assessing the quality and depth of the Evidence examined and a site visit by the peer assessment team. The peer review team distinguished the extent to which the evidence supported and met the CAEP accreditation standards, including any strengths and weaknesses.

“As a result of the review, it was again proven that the Alcorn State University School of Education and Psychology teacher education program continues to offer rigorous educator preparation programs by receiving full accreditation with no noted provisions or areas of improvement from CAEP,” said Dr. LaShundia Carson, Dean of the School of Education and Psychology. “Our faculty have worked hard to set the bar very high and students should take special pride in their work and the validation of the high standard of our program.”

“Our School of Education and Psychology’s successful CAEP endorsement visit is a testament to the quality of the faculty and staff we have at the School,” said Dr. Ontario Wooden, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. I would like to thank Dean LaShundia Carson, who acted as the site revisit coordinator, and Dr. Malinda Butler, retired Dean of the School of Education and Psychology, along with faculty, staff and students for their persistence and dedication to this process.”

Alcorn State University will join 54 other providers for accreditation this fall, bringing the total to 507 CAEP-accredited providers from 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Autumn class 2022:

Al Ain University – United Arab Emirates

Albertus Magnus College—Connecticut

Alcorn State University-Mississippi

Central University of Connecticut

Christian Brothers University-Tennessee

University of East Carolina-North Carolina

East Stroudsburg University-Pennsylvania

Elon University-North Carolina

Fayetteville State University-North Carolina

Ferrum College—Virginia

Florida Atlantic University

Frostburg State University – Maryland

George Washington University-District of Columbia

Georgia Southern University

Grace College—Indiana

Hollins University-Virginia

Keene State College—New Hampshire

Liberty University-Virginia

Lindenwood University-Missouri

University of Lourdes – Ohio

Martin University-Indiana

State University of Minnesota – Moorhead

Mississippi State University

Western University of Missouri

Mount Vernon Nazarene University—Ohio

North Carolina A&T State University

Central University of North Carolina

North Carolina State University

Northwest Nazarene University-Idaho

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Ohio Christian University

State University of Oklahoma

Presbyterian College – South Carolina

Rowan University-New Jersey

Rutgers University-Newark – New Jersey

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

University of Southeast Louisiana

Southwest College—Kansas

SUNY Buffalo State-New York

Sweet Briar College—Virginia

The University of Memphis-Tennessee

The University of Michigan-Flint

The University of Mississippi

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

University of Connecticut

University of Montana Missoula

University of Montevallo-Alabama

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

University of Richmond-Virginia

University of South Carolina Beaufort

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Williams Baptist University-Arkansas

Winston-Salem State University – North Carolina

University of Wittenberg-Ohio

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