Saint Louis University’s School of Education is accredited locally and nationally and meets certification standards in 13 areas as outlined in title II of the Higher Education Act.
SLU’s School of Education is accredited by three agencies:
- North Central Association of Colleges and Universities
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Title II of the Higher Education Act
Title II of the Higher Education Act evaluates the academic preparation of teachers across grade levels and subjects. Saint Louis University’s Department of Education certifies teachers in compliance with Title II of the Higher Education Act in the following areas:
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Elementary Education
- K-12 Mild Moderate Disabilities Special Education
In compliance with Title II of the Higher Education Act, the following information is provided the public:
- During 2009-2010, ninety-seven percent (97%) of Saint Louis University's initial teacher education program completers passed all required state certification tests. The statewide pass rate that year for program completers was 97%.
- There were 131 students enrolled in Saint Louis University's program during 2009-10.
- The program requires an average of 350 hours of supervised practice teaching.
- During 2009-2010, Saint Louis University placed 52 student teachers, with a student teacher to supervisor ratio of 3.25:1.
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Programs in the School of Education at Saint Louis University are approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
CAEP is a nonprofit and nongovernmental agency that accredits educator preparation providers. CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen student learning.
When an institution or specialized program is accredited, it has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo a similar review on a regular basis.
Saint Louis University received accreditation for its educator preparation programs in spring 2018 by the CAEP Accreditation Council under the CAEP teacher preparation standards.
Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards.
- Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
- Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
- Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
- Standard 4: Program Impact
- Standard 5: Provider Quality, continuous Improvement, and Capacity
Educator accreditation is a seal of approval that assures quality in educator preparation. Accreditation makes sure that educator programs prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.