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College of Education Accredited Under New, More Rigorous Standards

By: Brady W Moore   Published 3:33 pm / February 2, 2017

The College of Education recently was accredited under a new set of more rigorous standards put forth by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The standards were developed in 2013 to unite accreditation across the country. Boise State’s College of Education was one of the first 17 programs to meet the new standards.

“Teacher preparation touches every college on our campus, and accreditation is a university-wide accomplishment that requires amazing coordination of more than 35 programs across five colleges and the School of Public Service,” said Rich Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education. “As scrutiny of the education of teachers continues to reach unprecedented levels across the country, it is no small feat to be among the first accredited under the new standards.”

The new standards emphasize the academic achievement of university students going through the program.

“It was exciting and slightly intimidating to commit to being an ‘early adopter’ of the CAEP standards and go through the accreditation process not only focusing on inputs, but also the outcomes of our teacher preparation programs,” said Jennifer Snow, associate dean of the college. “As a unit of teacher education programs, we came together to define performance assessments, follow our graduates into the field in their early years of teaching and engage in communities of professional practice across campus for continuous improvement just as we hope our graduates do with their colleagues in schools.”

The College of Education will undergo accreditation again in 2022. To see annual reporting data visit: education.boisestate.edu/caep