The College of Education at the University of Memphis is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education that was authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at the main and Jackson Campuses.
In 2014 NCATE became the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the single U.S. Department of Education accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education. This body determines which schools, colleges, and departments of education provide extensive data meeting rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school specialists for the classroom. In this rigorous performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence demonstrating that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. Educator Preparation Programs must demonstrate that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
A professional education unit that is accredited 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.