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For Immediate Release
July 29, 2019

Purdue University Fort Wayne’s School of Education Recognized for National Excellence in Educator Prep

Key Info

  • Purdue Fort Wayne’s School of Education receives accreditation
  • One of 42 to receive educator preparation program recognition
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation conducted review
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that Purdue University Fort Wayne’s School of Education is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs (EPPs). The spring 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 42 newly accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 238 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation 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,” says CAEP President Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

James Burg, dean of Purdue Fort Wayne’s College of Professional Studies, says while the process of accreditation can be long and sometimes challenging, it is well worth it. “Our students want to know that they are getting the best possible education to be the teachers of our future leaders,” says Burg. “They know when they see the CAEP accreditation badge on our website that they will get that preparation at Purdue Fort Wayne.”

Isabel Nuñez, professor of educational studies and director of the School of Education, is pleased the hard work of the faculty is recognized with the accreditation. “In awarding our programs accreditation, CAEP has recognized the commitment of faculty in the School of Education to preparing inspirational and effective educators,” she says. “Every professor cares deeply about our students and their success. This achievement reflects their hard work in ensuring our future teachers, administrators, and counselors embark on their vocations with competence, confidence, and joy.”

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation.

For additional information, contact Susan Alderman, at 260-481-6165 (office), 260-489-5349 (cell), or susan.alderman@pfw.edu

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