Educator Preparation Programs

The initial and advanced educator preparation programs at West Chester University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), are recognized by their respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA), and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In 2013, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) became the sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation providers.

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

CAEP Accreditation Timeline

The timeline provided below outlines dates, which may change, for activities related to the CAEP accreditation process for West Chester University's educator preparation programs.

Accreditation Activity Date
Submission of Self-Study Report August 7, 2021
CAEP Formative Feedback Report (5 months prior to site review) November 2021
Call for 3rd Party Comments on Self-Study Report Issued (4 months prior to site review) December 2021
Submission of Self-Study Report Addendum (3 months prior to site review) January 2022
CAEP On-Site Review
April 3-5, 2022
CAEP Site Review Report (1 month after site review) May 2022
Submission of Rejoinder (within 30 days after receipt of site review report) June 29, 2022
CAEP Accreditation Council Meeting & Notification of Accreditation Decision Fall 2022


NCATE Accredited Programs

The initial and advanced educator preparation programs at West Chester University are accredited by NCATE. The University first earned NCATE accreditation in 1954. The most recent accreditation visit occured in Spring 2014 and resulted in continued accreditation for our programs .

The College's first on-site review by CAEP for continued accreditation is scheduled for Spring 2022. The following NCATE accredited programs are included in the review and are within CAEP's Scope of Accreditation.

Program Name Level Degree

Early Grades Preparation, PK-4



Foreign/World Language Education, PK-12 (Elective Certification)
(French, German, Russian, and Spanish)


Baccalaureate (All Languages)
Post-Baccalaureate (Except Russian)

Health and Physical Education, PK-12



Literacy Education
(Reading Specialist, PK-12)



Middle Grades Preparation, 4-8



Music Education, PK-12



Secondary Education: English, 7-12



Secondary Education: Mathematics, 7-12



Secondary Education: Science, 7-12
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, General Science, and Physics)



Secondary Education: Social Studies, 7-12 (Elective Certification)
(Geography, History, and Political Science)



Special Education, PK-8



Special Education, 7-12
(As of Fall 2020, this program is no longer accepting new students.)



Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(English as a Second Language, PK-12)


Endorsement Only


SPA Recognized Programs

A 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 West Chester University 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.A. in Political Science
  • B.S. in Geography
National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Standards 08/01/2028
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

PDE Approved Programs

The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certification programs at West Chester University are required to complete a Major Program Review by the PDE every seven years. According to the PDE, "The overarching purpose of the Major Review is to provide all stakeholders in the Commonwealth with assurance of program quality and professional educator competency." The most recent review occured in 2015 and resulted in continued approval.

PDE Program Approval Letter

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CAEP Annual Accreditation Report Measures

Our educator preparation programs are accredited by NCATE and are currently seeking reaccreditation through CAEP. As part of this process, we are required to publicly 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

Initial-Licensure Level

Case study/focus group data are currently being analyzed and will be posted by July/August 2021.


3. Satisfaction of Employers

Initial-Licensure & Advanced-Levels
Employer Survey for Initial and Advanced-Level Educator Preparation Programs:

Skyfactor Benchworks Teacher Education Employer Assessment: All Years | 2021 | 2018


4. Satisfaction of Completers

5. Graduation Rates

6. Licensure/Certification Rates & Title II

Initial-Licensure and Advanced-Levels

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])


7. Employment Rates

8. Student Loan Default Rates & Consumer Information

Initial-Licensure & Advanced-Levels

Higher Education Act (HEA) WCUPA Student Consumer Information

WCUPA Tuition: Undergraduate | Graduate
WCUPA General Fees: Undergraduate & Graduate

WCUPA Office of Financial Aid:

WCUPA Student Loan Default Rates

WCUPA National Center for Education Statistics Profile

Licensure Test Fees:

Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification Application Fees


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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