Educator Preparation Programs

The initial-licensure and advanced-level Educator Preparation Programs in the Professional Education Unit are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are recognized by their respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA), and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE accreditation was first earned by the Unit in 1954. In 2013, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) became the sole specialized accreditor for Educator Preparation Providers. The Unit is in the process of collecting evidence to meet the CAEP Standards in preparation for the Unit's first CAEP accreditation visit in Spring 2022.

Note: Individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes are not included under this accreditation.

Specialized Professional Associations

A Specialized Professional Association (SPA) is a national organization representing teachers, professional education faculty, and other school personnel who teach a specific subject matter (e.g., mathematics or social studies), teach students at a specific developmental level (i.e., early childhood, elementary, middle level, or secondary), teach students with specific needs (e.g., bilingual education or special education), administer schools (e.g., principals or superintendents), or provide services to students (e.g., school counselors or school psychologists). Standards developed by SPAs describe what professionals in the field should know and be able to do.

Programs at WCU are either accredited or nationally recognized by their respective SPA.

Program Name SPA Name SPA Standards SPA Recognition
End Date
B.S.Ed. in Early Grades Preparation2 National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC Standards 08/01/2022
B.S.Ed. in English2 National Council of Teachers of English NCTE Standards 08/01/2025
B.A. in Languages & Cultures with Elective Certification1
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL Standards 08/01/2025
B.S. in Health & Physical Education3 Society of Health and Physical Educators
(formerly the National Association for Sport and Physical Education)
SHAPE America Standards 08/01/2022 (NASPE)
M.Ed. in Literacy & Reading Specialist Certification2 International Literacy Association ILA Standards 08/01/2025
B.S.Ed. in Mathematics2 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics NCTM Standards 08/01/2026
B.S.Ed. in Middle Grades Preparation2 Association for Middle Level Education AMLE Standards 02/01/2027
Science Education2
National Science Teaching Association NSTA Standards 08/01/2025
Elective Social Studies Teacher Certification2
  • B.A. in History
  • B.S. in Geography
  • B.A. in Political Science
National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Standards 02/01/2022
Special Education2
Council for Exceptional Children CEC Standards 08/01/2025
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)1 TESOL International Association TESOL Standards 08/01/2025

1Housed in The College of Arts & Humanities
2Housed in The College of Education & Social Work
3Housed in The College of Health Sciences

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CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Our educator preparation programs are currenty accredited through NCATE and are in the process of being reaccredited through CAEP. As part of this process, we are required to publically display data on our programs. We encourage future and current students, faculty, staff, community partners, and other stakeholders to review our data and analyses in each of the following areas.

1. Impact on P-12 Student Learning & Development

Initial-Licensure Level
Student Learning Objective (SLO)


2. Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

3. Satisfaction of Employers & Employment Milestones

Initial-Licensure Level
Data are in the process of being collected.


Data are in the process of being collected.


4. Satisfaction of Completers

Initial-Licensure Level

Teacher Education Exit Assessment (TEEA)

Alumni Survey for Initial Educator Preparation Programs - Executive Summary 2017


Data are in the process of being collected.


5. Graduation Rates

Initial-Licensure & Advanced-Levels

WCUPA Graduation Rates - as reported by the Office of Institutional Research

WCUPA National Center for Education Statistics Profile


6. Licensure/Certification Rates & Title II

Initial-Licensure Level

Title II Reports:


Please note: The PDE implemented a sliding-scale system, in which Candidates can pass certification tests with a qualifying grade point average at the end of their teacher education program. The PDE Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality Certifying Tests and Qualifying Scores were implemented on 01/01/2010. These pass rates are not included in Title II reporting.

Certification Test and Score Requirements (Located in the Requirements section as number 3 [Excel download])


Data are in the process of being collected.


7. Employment Rates

Initial-Licensure Level
Data are in the process of being collected.


Data are in the process of being collected.


8. Student Loan Default Rates & Consumer Information

Public Report Archive


Communication Sciences & Disorders Program

The M.A. degree program in Speech-Language Pathology in the College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Counselor Education Programs

The counselor education graduate programs in the College of Education and Social Work are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This accreditation was first earned for the Master of Education in School Counseling in 2009 and the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018.



Music Education Programs

The music education programs in the Wells School of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. This accreditation was first earned in 1958.



Social Work Programs

The undergraduate and graduate social work programs in the College of Education and Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This accreditation was first earned for the undergraduate program in 1974 and the graduate program in 2000.


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