TEP CAEP Accreditation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. Accreditation provides a framework that has pushed educator preparation programs to continually self-assess and conduct evidence-based analysis of their programs and their efficacy. These evidence-based shifts, rooted in continuous improvement, are helping to ensure that preparation programs are more likely to produce successful educators. When an institution or specialized program is accredited by CAEP, it has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo a similar review on a regular basis. Typically reviews are conducted every 7 to 10 years.

The most recent CAEP accreditation review for the Morgridge College of Education resulted in initial program accreditation of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the following teaching endorsement areas: 

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • English Language Arts (Secondary Grades 7-12)
  • Mathematics (Secondary Grades 7-12)
  • Science (Secondary Grades 7-12)
  • Social Studies (Secondary Grades 7-12)
  • Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21)

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Surveys and Reports

The Morgridge College of Education assesses the impacts of our Teacher Education Program (TEP) candidates and graduates using a variety of internal, alumni, and employer surveys. Survey results are available below. In addition to these results, you can explore the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Report. The CDE dashboard includes data on overall teaching effectiveness ratings, teacher quality standard ratings, and measures of student learning ratings.

Impact on P-12 Learning (Component 4.1)

These surveys are administered each spring to either the past three years of candidate employers (employer survey) or candidate cohorts (alumni survey). Survey questions include "Compared to other first-year teachers, how would you rate this teacher’s overall student growth?" and "Which of the following best describes your student growth rating this year?"

Teacher Effectiveness (Component 4.2)

These surveys are administered each spring to either the past three years of candidate employers (employer survey) or candidate cohorts (alumni survey). Survey questions include “Please rate the overall proficiency of the teacher.” and "“How would you currently rate your overall proficiency as an effective and equitable teacher?”

Employer Satisfaction (Component 4.3)

Satisfaction of employers with our Teacher Education Program (TEP) graduates is assessed using an internal survey of employers. The survey is administered each spring to employers of the past three years of alumni cohorts. Survey questions include "Please indicate your overall level of satisfaction with the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at DU." and "Please indicate how likely you would be to recommend the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at DU to a prospective student?"

Alumni Satisfaction (Component 4.4)

These surveys are administered during the last term of the program (Candidate Survey) and one to three years’ post-graduation (Alumni Survey). Survey questions include "Please indicate your overall level of satisfaction with the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at DU." and "Please indicate how likely you would be to recommend the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at DU to a prospective student?"

Graduation Rates (Component 4.5)

Explore year-over-year retention, graduation, and withdrawal rates for cohorts of Teacher Education Program (TEP) candidates.

Licensure Information (Component 4.6)

The following reports detail initial teacher licensure exam pass rates Teacher Education Program (TEP) candidates. Candidates must pass Colorado content specific exams on the first or second attempt to be considered as “passed.”

Employment Data (Component 4.7)

Explore rates of employment upon graduation for Teacher Education Program (TEP) candidates. Data sources include internal surveys and information from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Data Sharing Agreement.

Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information (Component 4.8)

Three year cohort default rates at the university level are provided below. For additional information, please see the U.S. Department of Education annual cohort default rates report. Cost of Attendance information for graduate level programs is available from DU’s Office of Financial Aid.

TEP Stakeholder Survey Report

Survey results are collected from partner school and district leaders.