National Accreditation

Dickinson State University’s teacher education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) under the umbrella of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system. The CAEP Standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation focus on five areas:

  • Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  • Program Impact
  • Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

Accreditation Visit

The Teacher Education program at Dickinson State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on September 23-25, 2018. 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., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

State Program Approval

The Teacher Education Program at Dickinson State University is also approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB), which sets the standards pertaining to teacher licensure, teacher education program approval (accreditation), and professional development of educators. North Dakota Administrative Rule 67.1-02-02-02 requires all applicants for an initial teacher license to complete a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a state agency-approved teacher education program. The approved program must include a general studies component, a professional pedagogy core, and a North Dakota recognized program area major based upon the North Dakota standards for teacher education program approval.

Evidence of Program Effectiveness

  • Data illustrating DSU Teacher Education effectiveness can be accessed here.