Vienna, W.Va.—Ohio Valley University’s School of Education recently received accreditation for 2018-2025 through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the United States.
The reports highlighted unique features of OVU’s educator preparation program, including its development of an online professional learning community, two semesters of student teaching, and emphasis on threading character development through content knowledge and professional skills.
“Our educator preparation program meets CAEP’s high standards to ensure that our students are prepared to create positive impact on learning in a diverse range of classrooms when they graduate,” said Jo Pennington, Dean of the College of Education. “Seeking CAEP accreditation has required a significant commitment on the part of OVU and its partners. External review is assisting us in designing and implementing excellent preparation for future educators.”
Local teachers collaborate with OVU’s School of Education to create the structure for its programs, designing them with evidence-based professional knowledge and skills. Initiatives that ensure unique learning opportunities spread across OVU’s four colleges. Arts and Sciences and Business programs provide a solid foundation of content knowledge. Bible integrates specific knowledge and skills in character formation. The College of Education blends those knowledge bases through development of professional skills in supervised experiences. “Excellence and meaningful learning in each college ensures strength across all programs. External review and accreditation are integral to our processes of continuous improvement. We intend that our graduates create effective impact in our communities,” stated Dr. Joy Jones, Provost.
OVU currently offers educator preparation programs in Elementary Education K-6, Wellness (Health and Physical Education Preschool-Adult), Special Education K-6 and Grade 5-Adult, and Secondary English, Math, and Social Studies.
The CAEP Standards, adopted in 2013, reflect the voice of the education field on what makes a quality teacher. CAEP accreditation ensures that (1) there is solid evidence that a provider’s graduates are competent and caring, and (2) that there is solid evidence a provider’s staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence to be used for continuous improvement. As of Spring 2018, 147 preparation providers from 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have received CAEP Accreditation.
* * *
Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.