Memberships and Accreditations


The programs offered by the Missouri Baptist University School of Education are accredited at both the state and national levels.

  • The teacher, library media specialist, counselor, and administrator programs of the School of Education at Missouri Baptist University are fully accredited by the State of Missouri through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): Directory of Approved Programs.
  • The Teacher Education Program at MBU is nationally accredited at the initial-licensure level by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation status is effective between Fall 2018 and Fall 2025. The next site visit will take place in Spring 2025. For a complete list of CAEP-accredited initial licensure programs at MBU, click here.
    Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
    1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 223-0077
  • In addition, MBU’s music education program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) http://nasm.arts-accredit.org/.


The Missouri Baptist University School of Education holds memberships in the following professional education organizations:

Title II

The School of Education has a comprehensive assessment system to ensure the performance of its candidates. Title II of the Higher Education Opportunity Act mandates that the U.S. Department of Education collect data on state assessments, other requirements, and standards for teacher certification and licensure, as well as data on the performance of teacher preparation programs.  Missouri Baptist University’s annual Title II report card is available at the link below. (CAEP standard components 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6)

First Year Educators

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) surveys first year Missouri public P-12 teachers and their principals annually regarding educator preparation program effectiveness. DESE also surveys first year school school counselors and principals as well as their supervisors. (CAEP standard components 4.2, 4.3)

In order to demonstrate the positive impact of MBU teacher education graduates on P-12 learners, MBU completed this case study as part of their 2018 accreditation cycle. (CAEP standard component 4.1)

Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs

The Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) outline the expectations for programs that are preparing educators for certification in Missouri. In order to ensure that programs are meeting these expectations, in 2016 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) established an Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPP) to measure the performance of educator preparation programs (EPPs) in valid, accurate and meaningful ways. The APR-EPP is based on the Missouri standards and provides a mechanism by which to review and approve EPPs at the certification area level. Information provided through these reports assists in recognizing high-performing programs as models of excellence based on a set of standards and indicators. Likewise, the reports facilitate identification of programs in need of improvement so they can receive appropriate support. These standards guide Missouri’s continuous improvement efforts as they work together with EPPs to reach our shared goal of preparing, developing and supporting effective educators. For more information visit https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/educator-preparation. (CAEP standard components 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.2, 4.3)