Friends University among 38 Educator Prep Programs Recognized for National Excellence

Friends University now 1 of 559 total providers meeting rigorous CAEP Accreditation Standards to better prepare the teachers of tomorrow

WASHINGTON – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that Friends University is one of 38 providers from 17 states, the District of Columbia, Bahrain, and Oman to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The Spring 2024 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 38 educator preparation providers receiving accreditation, bringing the total to 559 providers approved under the CAEP Accreditation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. 

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

CAEP is a nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation and accredits providers at the initial and advanced levels. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review of the CAEP standards, which are based on two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

Friends University offers education degree programs in several different areas of licensure.

“Our students and instructors should be very proud of the work they are doing. We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher prep program and CAEP Accreditation validates the hard work we are doing,” agreed Dr. Pamela Martin, Unit Head and Janet Eubank, Division Chair, Teacher Education at Friends University. “Our students and their families are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for teacher preparation.”

Friends University joins 37 other providers to receive accreditation this fall, bringing the total number to 559 CAEP-accredited providers from 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

 Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.