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Why Does Accreditation Matter for M.Ed. Students?

Online schools and education programs are opening everywhere, and it can be difficult to know which schools will provide the best education. Accreditation is a valuable method for culling the best educational opportunity to suit your needs. When a school is accredited, it receives a seal of approval from objective educators who audit the school to ensure adherence to established standards. CAEP accreditation standards are considered the gold standard in education.

What Is the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)?

The Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the new accrediting body for education preparation, consolidating the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP ensures that programs that successfully meet both CAEP and NCATE accreditation standards will provide excellent teaching preparation for teachers. These standards are based on solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

CAEP Accreditation Standards

When a program is CAEP accredited, it also holds the NCATE accreditation. The standards that programs or schools are held accountable to are agreed upon by a diverse group of stakeholders, including providers, teachers, parents, critics, and unions.

  • Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  • Standard 4: Program Impact
  • Standard 5: Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity

When teachers are looking for high-quality programs for a master’s degree in education, they must be certain that the programs and schools they choose are worth the time and money. Other schools and professionals immediately recognize an NCATE accreditation, which helps open up career opportunities. In addition, every state recognizes CAEP accreditation standards for certifications and accepted coursework, making CAEP accreditation a benchmark in the search for the right school or program.

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