Assessment and Accreditation | School of Education | Webster University

Education: Assessment and Accreditation

Webster University’s School of Education has developed and delivers high-quality programs to ensure that educators receive the best preparation for current and new contexts. In addition to adhering to the guidelines of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the School of Education also adheres to the guidelines of other organizations with a focus on strengthening educator preparation.

In 2007, the School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and had its accreditation renewed in 2013. NCATE has since merged with another organization to create the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the School of Education is already in the process of addressing the new CAEP standards in preparation for our next accreditation visit.

Webster University is also approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to offer coursework and programs that lead to Missouri state educator certification in 32 different areas. Most of these programs are housed in the School of Education, and all certification programs work closely with the School of Education to ensure that candidates seeking these certifications will meet the requirements of the state.

The School of Education also complies with federal policies by submitting annual Title II reports, which report on programs that lead to initial teaching certification (i.e., a first teaching license with the state).

This webpage is designed to share publicly required reports and other documentation related to assessment and accreditation.

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires that the School of Education publicly report candidate performance data and other consumer information on its website.

View these reporting measures and their supporting evidence.

DESE APR Summary Reports

The Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) outline the expectations for programs that are preparing educators for certification in Missouri. In order to ensure that programs are meeting these expectations, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) established an Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPP) to measure the performance of educator preparation programs (EPPs) in valid, accurate and meaningful ways. The APR-EPP is based on the MoSPE performance standards and provides a mechanism by which to review and approve EPPs at the certification program level.

Prior to 2018, a single APR was published for all academic programs within a single EPP. In 2018, DESE began publishing separate versions of the APR for an EPP's Teacher Certification Program and its School Leader & School Counselor Programs. In 2019, DESE began publishing separate versions of the APR for an EPP's Teacher Certification Program, its School Leader Program, and its School Counselor Program. Webster University did not receive a School Counselor APR for the 2018-2019 year due to an insufficient number of certificate-eligible candidates. 

Title II Reports

Section 205 of Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended in 2008, requires that each institution of higher education (IHE) that conducts a traditional or alternative teacher preparation program submit annual reports containing key requirements and characteristics of their programs to their respective states. States are required to submit annual reports to the U.S. Department of Education containing data on all of the IHEs and organizations that offer teacher preparation programs in their state.

Accreditations and Recognitions

Webster University's School of Education programs are recognized for their excellence and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Additional national recognitions have been awarded to the following graduate programs through the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) process:

The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the courses for Webster University's Special Education Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) program toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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