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Accreditation Teacher (Educator) Preparation Program

State Program Approval

A review of all teacher preparation programs (certifications and endorsements) is conducted periodically by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) of Kentucky. Approval allows the provider to recommend successful graduates (i.e. meets program, college, university, and state requirements) for licensure, certification, or endorsement to the EPSB. The latest review is on-going, based on reports submitted by each program in October 2017. Results of those reviews will be posted when available.

The EPSB has the authority and responsibility to “set standards for, approve, and evaluate college, university, and school district programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel” for Kentucky pursuant to KRS 161.028(1)(b). The EPSB’s process for approving educator preparation programs is generally set forth in 16 KAR 5:010 with the general requirements for all educator preparation programs set forth in 16 KAR 5:020 and 16 KAR 5:040. See relevant Kentucky Administrative Regulations. The EPSB Division of Educator Preparation ensures that preparation programs for Kentucky educators meet established standards of quality. It facilitates the accreditation process, reviews programs and continuous assessment materials, and provides technical assistance for program improvement. It also coordinates the review of university-based alternative route to certification programs and is responsible for emergency program review.


National Accreditation

Accreditation is the next level of achievement that the College of Education (to include all programs, units, etc. within and outside the College) can earn, after state approval of individual programs is achieved, as mentioned above. The entire collection of programs and processes is referred to - accreditation language - as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP). Locally you may also know this as the Teacher Education Program (TEP), among other names. Whereas EPSB is the regulating body for specific programs, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) reviews and approves the EPP as one entire entity.

Accreditation Matters

Accrediting agencies serve as third-party entities whose purpose is to ensure that institutions and academic programs meet standards for program quality. They monitor institutional commitment to continuous improvement, and ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. Our process falls under the purview of the U.S. Department of Education. Moreover, according to the CAEP, “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.”

Accreditation and SACSCOC

Morehead State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC).  Program Review, EPP Accreditation, like other variables from across the campus community, figure into the formula used by SACS to grant accreditation to MSU at large.  For information about this process, visit this page.