Sam Stringfield, director of the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati, has been appointed to the research committee of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation, following the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) effective July 1, 2013.
Recognized as the specialized accreditor for education preparation, CAEP ensures quality in teaching education through evidence-based accreditation that supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
“We are thrilled with Sam’s appointment to CAEP’s research committee,” said Lawrence Johnson, dean of the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. “His appointment reaffirms the important role that UC’s School of Education is playing in building the future of America’s teacher education programs.”
According to CAEP, there was a high level of interest in applying to serve, with more than 600 applicants with broad representation applying for 78 vacancies. Serving on the research committee for a three-year term, Stringfield will help shape CAEP as the research-driven accrediting body for educator preparation.
Among other research-related activities, members of the committee will analyze improvement initiatives and review and promote research on P-12 professional educator preparation. Members will also conduct the Board's review of pre-accreditation and accreditation activities and performance.
“Being selected was an honor, and serving the national educator preparation community will be a pleasure,” said Stringfield. “The fact that the University of Cincinnati’s School of Education was among the very first to meet CAEP’s new, rigorous standards probably played into my being chosen.”
More than 900 educator preparation providers will initially participate in the CAEP accreditation system, which serves all providers currently accredited by the NCATE and TEAC.