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Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Accreditation Ensures Quality Preparation for Teachers

The College of Education's undergraduate teacher education program is well established and accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through December 31, 2023.

In NCATE's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the NCATE system, units must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.

A professional education unit that is accredited by NCATE 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.

In addition to accreditation at the college level by NCATE, our individual teacher education programs also seek national recognition through Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) and approval from the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board. The following programs were given "National Recognition" status from the relevant SPA: elementary education, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics), social studies (geography, history, political science), English, modern languages (French, Spanish, German), special education, and physical education. PTSB program review resulted in state approval for agriculture, art, and technical education programs. 

All programs that lead to licensure or endorsement are approved by Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). The Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) is an independent professional licensing board that governs teacher licensure in the state of Wyoming. PTSB is responsible for evaluating the credentials of both current and prospective educators to ensure that all students are served by competent and ethical educators in Wyoming schools.

NCATE: The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preparation

In March 2016, the College of Education completed a successful accreditation review through NCATE. Beginning in Fall of 2016, the college will begin shifting its assessments to meet the new standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The University of Wyoming held an accreditation visit on site from 3/20/2016-3/22/2016. We received the decision of full Accreditation on 10/24/2016 encompassing the following programs:

Computer Science Endorsement
Early Childhood B-8
Early Childhood Special Education B-5
Elementary Education
English as a Secondary Language Endorsement
Graduate Certificate: Post-Baccalaureate with an Option to Earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
Middle-Level Mathematics Endorsement
Middle-Level Science Endorsement
Physical Education (K-12)
School Counseling
School Principal-Masters or Endorsement
Secondary English Education
Secondary Mathematics Education
Secondary Modern Languages Education
Secondary Science Education
Secondary Social Studies Education
Secondary Technical Education
Special Education Masters
Superintendent Doctoral Advanced

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CAEP Annual Measures

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires that educator preparation provides submit annual reports to CAEP that gather common data for eight annual measures. These measures demonstrate impact around student learning, teacher effectiveness, employer and completer satisfaction, and specific outcomes and consumer information, such as graduation, licensure, employment, and student loan default rates. These data inform CAEP about the degree to which providers continue to meet CAEP Standards between accreditation visits, and also provide important information for the benefit of consumers. This page provides links to data for each of the annual measures, as related to the educator preparation programs in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming.

This link contains initial and/or advanced programs that were part of the last accreditation review, as requested in Section 1.2 of the annual report.

MEASURE 1:

Impact that completers' teaching has on P-12 learning and development

The state of Wyoming does not provide assessment data that can be linked to individual teachers. As a result the College of Education will pursue alternative means to provide these data.

Wyoming Department of Education Assessment Reports

UW 2019 Graduates Career Outcomes

 

MEASURE 2:

Indicators of teaching effectiveness

UW is collecting surverys through the internal Trustees Education Initiative in conjunction with the Common Indicator System and the Deans for Impact group (The Teacher Belief and Mindset Survey, The Beginner Teacher Survey and The Employer Survey) that will assist in providing data around teaching effectiveness. UW is focused on collecting more data on program completers. The edTPA is the initial indicator for teaching effectiveness for our students that will soon be completers since they are embedded in actual classrooms, and listed as a teacher of record.

edTPA data report prior to 2017.

Overall edTPA Scores 16-17

Overall edTPA Scores 17-18

Overall edTPA Scores 18-19

Overall edTPA Scores 19-20


MEASURE 3:

Results of employer surveys, and including retention and employment milestones

College of Education Graduates and Principals Survey Results prior to 2017

2005; 2007; 2009; 2013; 2015 (starting 2015, the survey has been revised and administered to all Wyoming school principals); 2016

Results for all EPPs nationwide

Results for UW

Survey of Wyoming Principals 17-18

Survey of Wyoming Principals 18-19

Employer Survey 19-20

Employer Survey 20-21

 

MEASURE 4:

Results of completer surveys

Mentor Teacher-Preservice Teacher Reflections Surveys collected prior to 2017

2006-2011; 2011-2013; 2013-2014 (survey was revised in 2014); 20152016

Results for all EPPs nationwide

Results for UW

Survey of Wyoming Graduates 17-18

Survey of Wyoming Graduates 18-19

Beginner Teacher Survey 19-20

Beginner Teacher Survey 20-21

 

MEASURE 5:

Graduation rates from preparation programs

OIA Graduation and Retention Rates

Brown and Gold Report (PDF)

 

MEASURE 6:

Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements

Praxis data collected prior to 2017, Single Assessment Pass Rate 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and Summary Pass Rate 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Statewide Overview of Praxis Scores 2016-2017

Program Specific Praxis Scores 2016-2017

Statewide Overview of Praxis Scores 2017-2018

Program Specific Praxis Scores 2017-2018

Statewide Overview of Praxis Scores 2018-2019

Program Specific Praxis Scores 2018-2019

Praxis Scores 2019-2020

 

MEASURE 7:

Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they are prepared

Results for all EPPs nationwide

Results for UW

Survey of Wyoming Principals 17-18

Survey of Wyoming Principals 18-19

Employer Survey 19-20

Survey of Wyoming Graduates 17-18

Survey of Wyoming Graduates 18-19

Beginner Teacher Survey 19-20

UW 2019 Graduates Career Outcomes

Beginner Teacher Survey 20-21

 

MEASURE 8:

Student loan default rates and other consumer information

Student Loan Default Rates 2012-2014

Student Loan Default Rates 2013-2015

Student Load Default Rates 2015-2017

Consumer Information

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Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Education Building 14

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 1.307.766.3463

Email: Andrea.Burrows@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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