Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from April 24, 2012, to June 30, 2019. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.
NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists, and administrators.
NCATE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as an accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. NCATE accreditation is a nationally recognized standard of excellence in the education profession and indicates that a university has met the following rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.
NCATE accreditation affirms the quality of Walden’s P–12 education programs, graduates, faculty, and staff and our commitment to improving educator effectiveness.
NCATE’s rigorous performance-based accreditation process provides useful information about Walden’s philosophy and the quality of our programs, faculty, and graduates. As part of the NCATE accreditation process, Walden developed a conceptual framework that outlines our philosophy and shared vision for preparing educators to work in P–12 schools.
To enhance the quality of our programs, Walden developed an assessment system designed to ensure that all students graduating from the Riley College of Education and Leadership demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be successful.
The Richard W. Riley College of Education at Walden University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on October 14-16, 2018. The focus of the visit is limited to those programs that lead to teacher or principal licensure including:
Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., current student, program graduate, present or former program faculty member, employer of program graduates). We invite you to submit written comments to:
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Such comments must be submitted by September 1, 2018 and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.