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MBU’s educator preparation program granted CAEP accreditation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) granted MBU’s educator preparation program (EPP) accreditation for all initial licensure programs, effective now through 2025.

CAEP is the sole national accrediting body for educator preparation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement.

“We know that when those programs in Missouri receive CAEP Accreditation, they meet the highest possible standards and have evidence to support their claim,” said Dr. Paul Katnik, Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Office of Educator Quality earlier this year.

“These CAEP accredited programs demonstrate through evidence that they are delivering programs that most likely will lead to successful teaching, content expertise, and strong outcomes for K-12 learners,” said Katnik.

CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a uniform accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all providers focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 850 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited under former standards. CAEP is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, providing states and consumers quality assurance.