Accreditation: CEPS Assessment & Reports


Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets or exceeds established levels of quality. Accrediting agencies determine the extent to which standards are met and publicly announce their findings. 

 The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama was re-accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in spring 2013. The CEPS will undergo its next full accreditation review in spring 2020 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP, now the sole national accreditation agency for educator preparation programs, resulted from a consolidation of the long-standing accreditation agencies of NCATE and TEAC. Under CAEP’s revised standards, academic programs that prepare teachers and other school professionals in the P-12 setting must provide “solid evidence” that “graduates are competent and caring educators.” A “culture of evidence” (i.e., data that are collected and utilized for meaningful change) serves to ensure current and prospective students that their educational and professional training is of a high caliber and “supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.”

▼   Alabama State Department of Education
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), another important partner of the College of Education, reviews and approves the College’s educator preparation programs to certify that the Alabama Core Teaching Standards and the Teaching Field standards have been met. Alabama’s Teaching standards are organized into the following categories and are based on the Model Core Teaching Standards: Learner Development, Learning Differences, Learning Environments, Content Knowledge, Application of Content, Assessment, Planning for Instruction, Instructional Strategies, Professional Learning and Ethical Practice, and Leadership and Collaboration. ALSDE is responsible for Educator Certification, a process ensuring “that academic requirements for certification approaches are met, background clearance requirements for professional and support staff are satisfied, and that all test requirements are met for issuance of certificates.”
▼   CACREP and APA Accreditation
At the program level, the doctoral program in Counseling and Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The master’s program in School Counseling and the master’s program in Community Mental Health Counseling are both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
▼   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges
The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC): SACSCOC is founded upon six core values: Integrity, Continuous Quality Improvement, Peer Review/Self-regulation, Accountability, Student Learning, and Transparency. On December 9, 2013, the University of South Alabama’s accreditation was reaffirmed by SACSCOC.

Strategic Planning

College of Education and Professional Studies Mission, Vision, and Goals, 2014-2017


CEPS Annual Scholarly Productivity Reports

Annual Report, 2016

Annual Report, 2015


Annual Student Performance Reports

Title II/Higher Education Act: National Teacher Preparation Data At-a-Glance

Praxis Pass Rates, 2012-2015


Field Experience

Student Teacher Surveys, Fall 2015

Cooperating Teachers Survey,  Fall 2015

Student Teacher Survey, Spring 2016

Student Teacher Survey K6-SPED, Spring 2016

Cooperating Teachers Survey, Spring 2016