December 11, 2017

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced in late November that the Education program is one of 43 providers from 22 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is an accreditation system that works to raise the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

Over the past decade, Detroit Mercy's teacher certification program graduates have achieved full employment upon graduation. The SE Michigan employment market for teachers is current experiencing teacher shortages that mirror national trends. Starting salaries range from $35,901-$54,000, according to recent reports. Detroit Mercy's Department of Education has experienced a 57 percent increase in student enrollment over the past year, with more students finding that they meet the University’s standards (480 SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 530 Mathematics). Many of these new professional teachers will have a positive impact on school reform, the community and society in the 21st century.

“Our students and instructors should be very proud of the work they are doing. We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher prep program and CAEP Accreditation validates the hard work we are doing,” said Alan Grigg, who directs the Detroit Mercy Education program.  “Our students and their families are investing in an education program that is designated as nationally accredited for teacher preparation.”

The program joins 42 other providers to receive CAEP Accreditation in fall 2017. They join the 34 providers previously accredited. Overall, 101 preparation providers from 33 states and the District of Columbia have received CAEP Accreditation.

To learn more about the Detroit Mercy Education program, click here or call 313-993-0507.