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The College of Applied Human Sciences facilitates and supports national accreditation and state academic program approval; coordinates assessments related to program continuous quality improvements; acquires, organizes and validates data to advise leadership; oversees the measurement of candidate and student learning outcomes; and is responsible for the preparation of institutional, state and national reports.


The accreditation of Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) is granted by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP. Through its accreditation process, CAEP assures the quality of educator preparation and supports continuous improvement in order to strengthen P-12 student learning. The EPP at WVU has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. The following initial licensure programs were reviewed during the March 2019 Site Visit and our accredited through Fall 2026.

  • Art Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Music Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Agricultural Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Physical Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Special Education, Multicategorical K-12: Graduate
  • Special Education, Preschool: Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood Education: Undergraduate
  • Elementary Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • English Secondary Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Social Studies Secondary Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Secondary Mathematics Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
  • Secondary Science Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
    • General Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

Within the same site visit WVU had one advanced program reviewed and accredited through Fall 2026.

  • Literacy Education: Graduate

Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) National Recognition

Many of the educator preparation programs within CAHS have program-specific accrediting agencies that require the periodic submission of progress reports. Known as Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), these agencies require the preparation of “SPA reports” that are submitted to the SPA as well as to CAEP. For our CAHS education preparation programs, these SPAs include:

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

  • Special Education - Multicategorical, Post-Baccalaureate

International Literacy Association (ILA)

  • Literacy Education - Master's Program

National Association for Education of Young Children

  • Pre-School Education - Birth to Pre-K Baccalaureate

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

  • Social Studies - Secondary Education B.A.
  • Social Studies - MAC or Post-Baccalaureate

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

  • Mathematics - MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
  • Mathematics - WVUteach

WVU is consistently outpacing the Statewide Pass Rate.

CAEP Accountability Measures

Measure 1 (initial): Completer Effectiveness

Impact P-12 student learning and growth are evidenced by scores on the Danielson Framework for Teaching:

Applying Professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions are evidenced by scores on the dispositions assessment done while teacher candidates are in their clinical placement:

Measure 2 (Initial & Advanced): Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement:

For the academic year 2020-2021 the ability to gather data associated with this measure was impacted greatly. Given the work conditions that P-12 educators were under and the ever-changing landscape of schools we were unable to collect data from employers about our graduates. To mediate this, we are planning on holding a series of focus groups with employers to solicit their feedback.

We were able to solicit feedback from teacher candidates completing our programs during the 2020-2021 academic year. Here are the results of those responses:

Measure 3 (Initial & Advanced): Candidate Competency at Completion:

Measures that teacher candidates are competent upon completion of a teacher preparation program at WVU are based on:

Measure 4 (Initial & Advanced): Ability of Completers to be Hired:

The following chart indicates how many teacher candidates completed a teacher preparation program as well as the number who applied for certification in-state and out-of-state. Title II reporting also provides a count of how many students completed teacher education programs across WVU.