The Bagwell College of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In July 2013, the consolidation of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) resulted in the creation of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) – a new, sole specialized accreditor for education preparation. For almost 60 years, NCATE ensured the quality of teacher preparation.
KSU’s Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit is the umbrella organization representing five colleges and 14 departments that collaborate on the design, delivery, approval and accreditation of all teacher preparation programs. The dean of the Bagwell College of Education leads the EPP and provides university-wide coordination for teacher education, working in partnership with the other deans of the university.
In a report from the October 2012 accreditation team visit, NCATE (now CAEP) praised the EPP for meeting all standards and for having all initial teacher education programs and select advanced programs nationally recognized by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) specified by NCATE.
“The SPA recognitions are elective for the state of Georgia and actively pursued by KSU for national peer review and affirmation,” the report stated. “KSU applied rigorous assessment standards by seeking and obtaining approval from every specialized professional association in which they had an eligible and appropriate program.” Relying on hundreds of exhibits – ranging from candidate performance assessment data to results of data-driven programmatic changes to interviews with faculty, administrators, candidates, alumni and P-12 partners – the review solicits input from all of the college’s constituencies.
“Advanced candidates and program completers volunteered in interviews that they had learned to advocate for diverse students and had learned to provide leadership among their peers in schools,” the report stated. “These interviews included candidates from advanced programs in teacher leadership, ESOL, early childhood and middle grades, among others. Advisory committee members also praised Kennesaw candidates’ abilities in this area.”
As part of the review process, a visiting accreditation team analyzes the extent to which KSU’s educator preparation programs meet NCATE standards. A strength the BCOE is continually noted for is its collaboration with partners on and off campus.
NCATE also complimented the college on its continuous improvement since the previous visit in 2004. The report stated, ““KSU is serious in its commitment to responsive and responsible educator preparation. Its systems for ensuring candidate competence are dynamic, standards-based and inclusive.”