The Missouri Western State University Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), as recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Department of Education offers accredited programs for Initial Licensure in the following areas:

The Department of Education offers Missouri DESE approved additional “add-on” licensures in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood-Special Education (birth to grade 3);
  • Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 3);
  • Special Reading (K-12); and
  • English Language Learners (ELL) (K-12).

All degree programs satisfy the appropriate requirements for teacher certification as established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

To be certified to teach, students must fulfill all degree requirements, achieve a passing score on the appropriate Content Area Assessment as mandated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and according to section 168.031 of the Missouri School Laws, present evidence of good moral character.

The Department of Education at Missouri Western State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on April 10, 2022.

Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation 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.