The College of Education Unit Assessment Process is designed to facilitate our annual evaluation of the effectiveness of our work through the lenses of our four Conceptual Framework Commitments and related Goals. This assessment process allows the College to engage in continuous improvement throughout each academic year and plays a vital role in the College’s continuing accreditation.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC). The most recent continuing accreditation joint review was held April 14-16, 2013. Exhibits for the 2013 review are in the 2013 Evidence Room.
The College of Education attained accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in the following specialty areas: clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and student affairs. The accreditation allows Georgia Southern students concentrating in those fields to be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Certification when they graduate, without having to complete the additional post-graduate work normally required. View the Counselor Education Program website for program information.
The College of Education received National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) full approval for its EdS graduate program in school psychology. NASP is one of the specialized professional associations (SPAs) of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Georgia Southern School Psychology Program is the only program in Georgia to earn this recognition at the Ed.S. level.
Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Associate, Bachelor, Master, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees.
FUTURE CAEP ACCREDITATION (2019)
Beginning in 2014, the College of Education will utilize educator preparation standards of The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). According to the CAEP website, http://caepnet.org, “The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) – the new professional accreditation organization for teacher education programs in the United States – has charged a high profile Commission with developing rigorous, evidence-based standards to transform teacher education. CAEP is the product of two earlier accrediting bodies – the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). With emerging evidence, data streams, and the most sweeping education reforms in decades, CAEP is poised to raise the bar for teacher education with the goal of producing great teachers for every classroom. The CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is the first step in using accreditation to leverage change in teacher preparation and helping to ensure that our students are prepared to compete in today’s global economy.” For more information on the direction of the CAEP accreditation, see http://caepnet.org/commission/ .