Fontbonne University’s education/special education department, as part of the College of Education and Allied Health Professions, has recently received accreditation for the next seven years through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the single national accreditor for educator preparation.
“We are excited to be among the first three universities in the state of Missouri to be accredited by CAEP,” said Dr. Jamie Van Dycke, chair of the department of education/special education.
The CAEP Accreditation Council determined that Fontbonne’s teacher preparation programs are accredited with no stipulations. Accreditation status is effective between fall 2016 and fall 2023. Approximately 60 Fontbonne graduates are recommended for teacher certification each year, and Fontbonne graduates some of the highest numbers of special education teachers in the state of Missouri.
“This recognition solidifies at a national level what we already know at the local level: Fontbonne graduates influential educators who are committed to social change through integrity and innovation,” said Dr. Gale Rice, dean of the College of Education and Allied Health Professions.
The accreditation includes Fontbonne’s educator preparation programs approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for initial certification. Fontbonne offers initial teacher certification in art (K-12); deaf education (B-12); early childhood education (B-3); early childhood special education (B-3); elementary education (1-6); middle school education (5-9) in language arts, mathematics, science, social science and speech/theatre; secondary education (9-12) in biology, English, mathematics, social science and speech/theatre; special education (K-12 cross categorical); and Special Education – Paraprofessional PathwaysSM.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.