Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Mexico State University College of Education has received accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for its educator preparation programs, the first college in the state to earn accreditation from CAEP.
The accreditation, which lasts seven years and was granted with no stipulations, was given based on rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation, according to CAEP officials.
CAEP accreditation is based on two principles: solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.
The college also earned a B on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Educator Preparation Program Scorecard, ranking third out of all New Mexico colleges and universities. The college earned high marks for admitting high-potential candidates and its ability to attract a diverse and academically prepared pool of candidates.
“We did well in this domain because we serve a majority of diverse candidates plus only allow students to enter the program who have passed the first teacher exams of basic skills: reading, writing and math,” said Betsy Cahill, interim associate dean of academic affairs at the NMSU College of Education.
Two other domains, however, are scored based on whether graduates secure teaching careers in the state and evaluations of teacher candidates based on state-designated goals.
Cahill said that based on the Scorecard results, the college has prioritized three goals for the coming year:
- Continuing to recruit promising teacher candidates through the Educators Rising professional organization.
- Recruiting and preparing more science, technology, engineering and math teachers for New Mexico by working with the STEM Outreach Center at NMSU and looking for additional resources to support these efforts.
- Meeting with constituents, including school district leadership, to identify strategies to improve overall performance in hiring and retention.