The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced
today that Martin University is one of 35 providers from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for its educator preparation programs. Spring 2022 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 35 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 471 providers approved under the CAEP Accreditation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.” The CAEP Board of Directors updated the educator preparation standards in 2020 as part of its commitment to reviewing the standards at least every seven years. The changes to the CAEP standards reflect the Board’s commitment to equity and diversity and emphasize the importance of technology in preparing future educators.
The Council recognizes CAEP for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Approximately 650 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through
Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass a peer review of the CAEP standards, which are based on two principles:
1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators.
2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff can create a culture of
evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.
If a program fails to meet one of the standards, it is on probation for two years.
Probation may be lifted in two years if a program provides evidence that it meets the standard.
“Our students and instructors should be very proud of their work. We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher prep program, and CAEP Accreditation validates our hard work,” said Martin University President Sean Huddleston. “Our students and their families are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for teacher preparation.”
Martin University joins Taylor University as the two universities from Indiana that make up this year’s 35 providers, bringing the number to 471 CAEP-accredited providers from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.