Accreditation

Educator Preparation Programs

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The initial- and advanced-level educator preparation programs at West Chester University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), are recognized by their respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA), and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to PK-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

CAEP Accredited Programs

The initial- and advanced-level educator preparation programs at West Chester University are accredited by CAEP. The University first earned accreditation in 1954 and most recently earned continued accreditation with CAEP in 2022. The most recent accreditation visit occured virtually in Spring 2022 and resulted in continued accreditation for the programs listed below.

The College's next accreditation site review by CAEP is scheduled for Spring 2028.

Program CAEP Level Degree Level

Early Grades Preparation, PK-4

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Foreign/World Language Education, PK-12
(Elective Certification - French, German, Russian, and Spanish)

Initial

Baccalaureate (All Languages)
Post-Baccalaureate
(Except Russian)

Health and Physical Education, PK-12

Initial

Baccalaureate

Literacy Education
(Reading Specialist, PK-12)

Advanced

Master's

Middle Grades Preparation, 4-8

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Music Education, PK-12

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Secondary Education: English, 7-12

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Secondary Education: Mathematics, 7-12

Initial

Baccalaureate

Secondary Education: Science, 7-12
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, General Science, and Physics)

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Secondary Education: Social Studies, 7-12
(Elective Certification - Geography, History, and Political Science)

Initial

Baccalaureate

Special Education, PK-8
(This program is no longer accepting new students. See Special Education, PK-12 program.)

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Special Education, 7-12
(As of Fall 2020, this program is no longer accepting new students.)

Initial

Baccalaureate
Post-Baccalaureate

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(English as a Second Language, PK-12)

Advanced

Endorsement Only

 

SPA Recognized Programs

A SPA is a national organization representing teachers, professional education faculty, and other school personnel who teach a specific subject matter (e.g., mathematics or social studies), teach students at a specific developmental level (i.e., early childhood, elementary, middle level, or secondary), teach students with specific needs (e.g., bilingual education or special education), administer schools (e.g., principals or superintendents), or provide services to students (e.g., school counselors or school psychologists). Standards developed by SPAs describe what professionals in the field should know and be able to do.

Programs at West Chester University are either accredited or nationally recognized by their respective SPA.

Program SPA SPA Standards SPA Recognition
End Date
B.S.Ed. in Early Grades Preparation2 National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC Standards 08/01/2022
B.S.Ed. in English2 National Council of Teachers of English NCTE Standards 08/01/2025
B.A. in Languages & Cultures with Elective Certification1
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL Standards 08/01/2025
B.S. in Health & Physical Education3 Society of Health and Physical Educators
(formerly the National Association for Sport and Physical Education)
SHAPE America Standards 08/01/2022 (NASPE)
M.Ed. in Literacy & Reading Specialist Certification2 International Literacy Association ILA Standards 08/01/2025
B.S.Ed. in Mathematics2 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics NCTM Standards 08/01/2026
B.S.Ed. in Middle Grades Preparation2 Association for Middle Level Education AMLE Standards 02/01/2027
Science Education2
National Science Teaching Association NSTA Standards 08/01/2025
Elective Social Studies Teacher Certification2
  • B.A. in History
  • B.A. in Political Science
  • B.S. in Geography
National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Standards 08/01/2028
Special Education2
Council for Exceptional Children CEC Standards 08/01/2025
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)1 TESOL International Association TESOL Standards 08/01/2025

1Housed in The College of Arts & Humanities
2Housed in The College of Education & Social Work
3Housed in The College of Health Sciences

PDE Approved Programs

The baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate certification programs at West Chester University are required to complete a Major Program Review by the PDE every seven years. According to the PDE, "The overarching purpose of the Major Review is to provide all stakeholders in the Commonwealth with assurance of program quality and professional educator competency." The most recent review occured in 2015 and resulted in continued approval. The next review is scheduled to occur during the 2022-2023 academic year.

PDE Program Approval Letter

 

CAEP Accountability Measures

Our educator preparation programs are accredited by NCATE and are currently seeking reaccreditation through CAEP. As part of this process, we are required to publicly display data on our programs. We encourage future and current students, faculty, staff, community partners, and other stakeholders to review our data and analyses in each of the following areas.

Initial-Level

Measure 1: Completer Impact & Effectiveness

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not provide educator preparation providers with a mechanism to track completers' effectiveness. However, as detailed in our Self-Study Transition Plan for CAEP Standard 4.1, we have outlined a plan to better track completer effectiveness and their application of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in P-12 classrooms.

Currently, performance reviews and supervisor observations of our program completers from principals or other supervisors have been analyzed. We held focus groups with a small sample of our program completers who were 1-2 years beyond the completion of their program and working in their field of preparation. As part of the focus groups, we asked them to share their performance reviews (the Danielson Framework for Teaching or similar review) and/or supervisor observations. Their reviews indicated each program completer was proficient or distinguished in the categories of planning and preparation, instruction, and professional responsibilities, and the majority were also rated as proficient or distinguished in the category of classroom environment. This suggests our program completers are demonstrating evidence of completer effectiveness.

Additionally, program completers provided observation rubrics containing descriptive language. This helps highlight how they provide instruction that impacts P-12 student learning. One example is the statement, "engaging students, using assessment to drive instruction, and using questioning during instruction to encourage discussion." Completers engaged students in a way principals/supervisors considered proficient or distinguished. Further, most completers were rated as proficient in using assessment to drive instruction and implementing sound pedagogical practices of questioning to promote discussion. The majority of this evidence suggests our completers are positively impacting their P-12 students. Lastly, some of the observation rubrics included specific categories related to a program completer's certification area. As an example, one program completer received a distinguish on their ability to "adapt [their] teaching for the benefit of students with special needs." In analyzing this data, it is important to note some of these assessments should be interpreted with caution because information was removed to ensure P-12 student confidentiality.

Source: West Chester University's CAEP Self-Study Report and Evidence (2021).

Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers & Stakeholder Involvement

Employer Survey: Skyfactor Benchworks Teacher Education Employer Assessment:

Measure 3: Candidate Competency at Completion

Title II Reports:

Please note: The PDE implemented a sliding-scale system, in which Candidates can pass certification tests with a qualifying grade point average at the end of their teacher education program. The PDE Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality Certifying Tests and Qualifying Scores were implemented on 01/01/2010. These pass rates are not included in Title II reporting.

Certification Test and Score Requirements (Located in the Requirements section as number 3 [Excel download])

Measure 4: Ability of Completers to be Hired

Alumni Survey for Initial Educator Preparation Programs (see question 4):

 

 

 

 

Advanced-Level

Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers & Stakeholder Involvement

Employer Survey: Skyfactor Benchworks Teacher Education Employer Assessment:

Measure 3: Candidate Competency at Completion

MEd in Literacy and Reading Specialist Certification, PK-12
Test: Praxis Reading Specialist (5301)
Passing Score: 164

Graduating Cohort Number Taking Assessment Number Passing Assessment Pass Rate Average Score
2020-2021 32 32 100% 186
2019-2020 43 43 100% 188
2018-2019 31 31 100% 184
2017-2018 24 24 100% 188.5
2016-2017 34 34 100% 189

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, PK-12
Assessment: Pennsylvania Department of Education 430 Form (Teaching Evaluation)
Acceptable Minimum Rating: Satisfactory

Term Number of Students Evaluated Percent of Students with a Satisfactory or Above Rating
Spring 2021 4 100%

Assessment: Grade Point Average (GPA)
Acceptable Minimum GPA: 3.0

Term Number of Students Cumulative GPA
Spring 2021 4 3.95

Measure 4: Ability of Completers to be Hired

Alumni Survey for Advanced Educator Preparation Programs (see question 3):

 

 

 

 

 

Public Report Archive

 

Communication Sciences & Disorders Program

The M.A. degree program in Speech-Language Pathology in the College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Counselor Education Programs

The counselor education graduate programs in the College of Education and Social Work are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This accreditation was first earned for the Master of Education in School Counseling in 2009 and the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018.

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Music Education Programs

The music education programs in the Wells School of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. This accreditation was first earned in 1958.

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Social Work Programs

The undergraduate and graduate social work programs in the College of Education and Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation was first earned for the undergraduate program in 1974 and the graduate program in 2000.

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