Education: Accreditation

School of Education Accreditation

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Marywood University’s education unit is proud to be recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the prestigious Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs and holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards.  

When a school of education is CAEP accredited, it provides an assurance that the school’s teacher preparation program has met national standards set by the teaching field at large and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers, and representatives of the public.  The review is based on the CAEP Unit Standards, a set of research-based national standards developed by all sectors of the teaching profession.

CAEP standards used in the review of the education unit:

Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge

Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice

Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selection

Standard 4: Program Impact

Standard 5: Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity


Accredited colleges of education are expected to ensure that teacher candidates know their subject and how to teach it effectively.  Marywood received its initial NCATE accreditation on January 1, 1960.