The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) first approved Union's Professional Education Unit at both the initial and advanced levels in 2000. This national accreditation supported the unit's state approval that had stood since the mid-1950's. In March 2013 the NCATE and State boards of examiners visited Union's campus for the purpose of confirming facts stated in the Unit's Institutional Report and exhibits. The decision for reaffirmation by both NCATE and the State were determined by NCATE's Unit Accreditation Board and the Tennessee Teacher Education Council fall 2013. This reaffirmation is effective until spring 2020.
Effective July 2, 2013, NCATE joined the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to form a new accrediting body called Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP will be the nation's only accreditor for educator preparation. Both NCATE and CAEP are grounded in rigorous standards that hold educator preparation programs accountable for using multiple measures as evidence of continuous improvement. Since Union's site visit was held before the final consolidation took place, Union's educator preparation unit is CAEP-accredited under the NCATE Legacy Standards. The final CAEP standards, approved August 29, 2013, consist of the following:
Union's educator preparation program will report annually to CAEP the progress being made toward meeting each of these new standards until the next site visit in spring 2020.
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The School of Education is dedicated to the analysis of pertinent data for continual assessment and improvement of our programs in order to provide exemplary education for our teacher and leader candidates. Each year the Office of Teacher Education and Accreditation compiles an Annual Assessment Report that aligns aggregated and disaggregated data to unit, program, and student outcomes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The report is reviewed by undergraduate and graduate unit faculty, the Teacher Education Committee comprised of faculty from across the university, and colleagues in partner school systems. View a summary of the data presented in the 2013-14 annual report (.pdf).
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases an annual report card on each of the state's programs that prepare teachers. The full report card is available on THEC's website.