The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and is currently the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. In April 2018, the College of Education was recognized for national excellence in educator preparation by meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards.
National accreditation ensures that your studies in the College of Education are of the highest standard, backed by expert faculty, and built on in-depth clinical experiences. The University of South Carolina was the first university in South Carolina to seek accreditation from NCATE and has maintained this national standard since 1969.
The College of Education, as a unit, consists of all teacher education programs in the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music. These initial programs were all included in the 2018 CAEP review. In 2021, the M.Ed. and Ed.S. advanced preparation programs in Education Administration received CAEP recognition as well.
For the 2019-2020 academic year the College of Education had:
- 91% Praxis Exam Summary Pass Rate for 2019-20 graduates
- 93% of 2019-2020 initial education licensure graduates either agree or strongly agree that they believe their program will help prepare them for their career.
- 98% of 2019-20 graduates were recommended for licensure.
- 2019-2020 initial education licensure and advanced program graduates had mean GPA’s of 3.77 and 3.86, respectively.
- 617 graduates in 2019-20:
- 234 bachelor’s
- 218 master’s
- 94 doctorates
- 41 specialists
- 30 certificates
- 100% of 2019-2020 initial education licensure graduates agree or strongly agree that their program of study included educational issues related to diversity.
- 2019-2020 initial education licensure graduates were generally able to complete their degree in 5 years or less (99%).
- 90% of 2019-2020 initial education licensure graduates agree or strongly agree that their program of study helped accommodate and modify instruction for students with differing abilities.
- 94% of 2019-2020 initial education licensure graduates agree or strongly agree that they were satisfied with the quality of their undergraduate experience.
- 98.8% of 2019-2020 advanced program respondents stated that their degree program gave them the appropriate knowledge for their field of study.
- 81% of 2019-2020 advanced program respondents said their field experiences were helpful for applying the knowledge from their degree programs in practical situations.
- 100% of our programs are recognized/recognized with condition by the following professional associations:
- American Council on the Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- Council on Exceptional Children (CEC)
- International Literacy Association (ILA)
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI)
- National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
- Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP)