Lake Erie College’s Dr. Katharine Delavan to Serve Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

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The Dean of the School of Education, Katharine Delavan, Ph.D. has been invited to serve the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as an annual report reviewer for teacher preparation programs across the United States. Dr. Delavan will serve a three-year term starting July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023, upon completion of virtual training and a competency exam. 

“Serving as a CAEP annual report reviewer allows me to broadly serve teacher preparation and ensure our programs at Lake Erie College are meeting or exceeding the rigorous CAEP standards. My term coincides with the School of Education timeline for our CAEP accreditation visit and renewal in 2023. This experience bolsters our efforts to provide a high-quality experience for our future teachers,” said Delavan. 

According to the CAEP website, peer review volunteers are essential to the success of our nation’s P-12 classrooms and peer review is a critical resource that provides diverse perspectives from a variety of stakeholders. “More than 1,200 committed professionals from various sectors, including P-12 teachers, policymakers, teacher educators, employers, parents, school board members, public at-large and stakeholders, serve the CAEP Volunteer Corps in a variety of roles. Not only does CAEP seek diversity of affiliation and experience, but ethnic, gender, age, and regional diversity as well. Diversity in our Volunteer Corps is essential in representing today’s P-12 learners.”

CAEP is the only national teacher preparation accrediting organization. There are currently 101 fully accredited teacher prep programs in 33 states, meeting the rigorous CAEP accreditation standards. There are over 800 programs in various stages of accreditation because CAEP evolved from the merger of two national accreditation organizations TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). This merger resulted in many teacher preparation programs receiving TEAC or NCATE accreditation with eligibility for CAEP accreditation at the time of their next accreditation renewal. The Lake Erie College School of Education is TEAC accredited with eligibility for CAEP accreditation in 2023. Dr. Delavan’s extensive training and knowledge reinforce LEC’s education programs and ensure they are aligned to CAEP’s rigorous standards.

Special education professor, Dr. Katie Krammer sees great value in Dr. Delavan’s role, “In the current climate of increased accountability and commitment to providing quality teacher preparation programs, the opportunity for our Dean to be at the forefront of this process as a CAEP reviewer provides us with a distinct advantage.  As a reviewer, Dr. Delavan will be immersed in assessing other programs which then allows her to return to Lake Erie College and assist our department in continuing the long-standing tradition of preparing competent, collaborative, and caring future educators.”  

According to Dr. Bryan DePoy, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, “accreditation is an important component to ensuring the quality of academic programs, and it speaks highly of our commitment to program rigor and adherence to strict standards when members of our academic leadership are chosen for such important roles.”

In addition to national CAEP accreditation, the School of Education at Lake Erie College also completes regular state-level accreditation through the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) for each of our teacher licensure programs. Similar to national accreditation, ODHE requires annual submission of evidence of teacher candidate outcomes, including teacher licensure exam scores, program-level assessment data, field experience and student-teacher evaluation data, student-teacher exit surveys and candidate employment status. 

For more information on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) visit their website at www.caepnet.org.

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