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Assessment and Accreditation

Accreditation

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Assessment and Accreditation

Address:
725 S. Church Street
Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Mary Tygh
Assessment Specialist
428 Anderson Hall
610-738-0482
MTygh@wcupa.edu


Leigh Robinson
Data Specialist
430 Anderson Hall
610-436-2920
LRobinson2@wcupa.edu


Noni Kline
Assessment Software Administrator
429 Anderson Hall
610-738-0518
NKline@wcupa.edu


Dana Baglivo
Assessment Data Support Specialist
427 Anderson Hall
610-436-2451
DBaglivo@wcupa.edu


Leslie McGowan
Project Coordinator (Social Work)
433 Anderson Hall
610-436-3366
LMcGowan@wcupa.edu

ACCREDITATION

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 2021.

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
Early Grades Preparation2 National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC Standards
English Education1 National Council of Teachers of English NCTE Standards
Foreign Languages Education1 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL Standards
Health Education3 Society of Health and Physical Educators SHAPE America Standards
Literacy Education2 International Literacy Association ILA Standards
Mathematics Education4 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics NCTM Standards
Middle Grades Preparation2 Association for Middle Level Education AMLE Standards
Physical Education3 Society of Health and Physical Educators SHAPE America Standards
Sciences Education4 National Science Teachers Association NSTA Standards
Social Studies Education1 National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Standards
Special Education2 Council for Exceptional Children CEC Standards
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)1 TESOL International Association TESOL Standards

1Housed in The College of Arts & Humanities
2Housed in The College of Education & Social Work
3Housed in The College of Health Sciences
4Housed in The College of Sciences & Mathematics

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 Student Learning & Development

Data are in the process of being collected.

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

Data are in the process of being collected.

An important goal of the Professional Education Unit at West Chester University is to ensure that candidates in educator preparation programs acquire the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions they will need to be effective.

Access the latest candidate performance data aggregated at the Unit level below.

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Danielson Framework Assessment

Data are in the process of being collected.

Data are in the process of being collected.

The 2017-2018 overall institutional pass rate for program completers is 72%.

Over 94% of enrolled students who have completed all nonclinical courses who took the three Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) modules passed the exams.

Title II Reports:

2017-2018 | 2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015

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 Testing Requirements section as number 2 [Excel download])

Data are in the process of being collected.

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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.

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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.

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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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