The Vincennes University (VU) teacher preparation program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 2012. This accreditation covered all initial licensure programs in education. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent teachers who work to improve the education of all students. National accreditation is a mark of distinction and provides recognition that educator preparation programs have met national professional standards.
In 2014, the consolidation of NCATE into the accrediting body of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), an evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning, was recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Vincennes University is currently transitioning to CAEP accreditation. http://caepnet.org/
The national accreditation process includes two parts. Part 1 involves review of individual programs. All initial licensure programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education. Additionally, each licensure program is recognized a specialty professional organization as indicated in the chart below. Part 2 of the national accreditation process involves the review of the unit (the collection of programs). The unit reviews include a self-study and an on-site visit.
|VU Program|| |
Specialty Professional Association
|Special Education, Mild Intervention, Elementary Education K-6|| |
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) www.cec.sped.org
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) www.acei.org
|Secondary Mathematics Education||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) www.nctm.org/ncate|
|Secondary Science Education||National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) http://www.nsta.org/preservice/|
Title II Reports:
House Enrolled Act No. 1388 (HEA 1388) was enacted during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly and was incorporated within IC 20-28-3-1 and IC 20-28-11.5-9. This act requires the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to collect and report information from teacher preparation programs, principals, and teachers.