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.

CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation>) has eight annual reporting measures that provide information to the public on program impact and program outcome. The CAEP measures with links to supporting evidence for each measure are as follows:

Measures of Program Impact

Measures of Program Outcome and Consumer Information

  • Biology 7-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Dance PreK-12
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science 7-12
  • Economics 7-12
  • Elementary Education K-6
  • English 7-12
  • English as a Second Language PreK-12
  • French 7-12
  • Geography 7-12
  • German 7-12
  • Government 7-12
  • History 7-12
  • Instrumental/General Music K-12
  • Latin 7-12
  • Library Information Specialist PreK-12
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Other Foreign Language 7-12
  • Psychology 9-12
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Physics 7-12
  • Reading Specialist PreK-12
  • Russian 7-12
  • School Counselor PreK-12
  • School Psychologist PreK-12
  • School Social Worker
  • Sociology
  • Spanish 7-12
  • Special Education: Speech Pathologist PreK-12
  • Special Education: Comprehensive K-12
  • Special Education Modified: K-12
  • Special Education Preschool Early Childhood Education PreK-3
  • Visual Arts K-12
  • Vocal/ General Music K-12

Upcoming CAEP Visit

The COE CAEP Visit is scheduled for April 3-5, 2022.

CAEP Steering Committee

  • Kandi Hill-Clarke, Dean, College of Education
  • Sandra Nichols, Chair, ICL
  • Nichelle Robinson, Director, Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice
  • Alfred Hall, Assistant Dean, College of Education
  • Stephen Zanskas, Associate Dean, College of Education
  • Mary Ransdell, Clinical Professor, ICL