BGSU College of Education and Human Development achieve national accreditation

The College of Education and Human Development recently received accreditation for 2016-2022 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in PK-12 student learning.

This accreditation decision confirms that BGSU’s education preparation programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.

Dr. Dawn Shinew, dean of the college, acknowledged the importance of the accreditation process in ensuring that BGSU’s graduates are prepared to be effective educators and leaders. The review team, comprised of a prestigious group of educators from around the country, commented that they found the University’s students “to be bright; interpersonally engaging; academically serious; extremely fond of their university, college, faculty, and friends; and, with great potential to become education leaders.”

Shinew noted, “Our faculty and school partners work collaboratively to ensure that we have quality programs. I am delighted to have affirmation of the good work we do.”

BGSU has one of the largest programs in Ohio and has led the state in developing innovative educator preparation programs, including several dual-license programs. The institution’s long-standing reputation for excellence in education is well-known, and many PK-12 administrators from around the country coming to BGSU in the spring to recruit at the Teacher Job Fair.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen PK-12 student learning.