The Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation recently announced that Averett University’s Department of Education is one of 35 providers in 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico from its review of spring to receive accreditation for its educator preparation programs.
These 35 additions bring the total to 471 board-approved vendors.
The accreditation standards were recently updated with changes reflecting the commitment to equity and diversity and an emphasis on the importance of technology in preparing future educators. To gain accreditation, Averett’s programs had to demonstrate strong evidence that graduates are competent and caring educators, and that its faculty have the ability to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and improve the quality of the professional programs offered. Averett excelled in all standards with no areas of improvement noted in the report.
“The Department of Education is delighted to have received accreditation from CAEP through the spring of 2029. As we continue to train the next generation of educators for preschool through 12th grade, this accreditation ensures our graduates that they have strong support for their degrees,” said Nancy Riddell, Chair and Professor of Averett’s Department of Education.
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Averett’s Department of Education offers a traditional baccalaureate education program with preparation for initial licensure in nine subject areas. In addition, 13 graduate-level master’s and validation programs are offered through Averett Online. Averett’s teacher education program consistently places 100% of its graduates in teaching positions.
“This CAEP seal of approval is a testament to the quality of education and real-world work experiences that Averett students get through our various teacher preparation programs,” said Averett President Tiffany M. Franks.
Prior to accreditation, Averett education programs were accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. This department continues to approve license and endorsement programs throughout the Commonwealth. However, the stage group deferred accreditation responsibilities, and based on the partnership agreement signed by Virginia in 2016, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Readiness is now the unified national organization of accreditation for the preparation of educators.