Division of Education First on Long Island to Complete CAEP Accreditation Visit
The Division of Education recently completed the onsite accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Although the official decision will not be made until May 2018, the extremely positive feedback received through the peer-review process affirmed the dedication of our faculty to excellence in teacher preparation. Molloy College was accredited in 2004 and 2011 by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is now the first institution on Long Island to complete the accreditation process by CAEP.
National teacher preparation program accreditation indicates that programs meet high standards and are recognized by peer institutions across the country for their quality. To qualify for national accreditation, institutions must also submit each of their programs to Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), who further confirm that each specific program meets the highest professional standards.
The self-study process was initiated in fall 2016, when all programs submitted their SPA reports for review. The completed Self-Study Report was submitted to CAEP in March 2017.
The CAEP visiting team included national and state reviewers who conducted multiple interviews to learn about our educational programs. The interviews included our current candidates, student teachers, alumni, faculty, Liberal Arts and Science chairs who interface with education programs, the President of the College, our Chalk & Wire Data Manager, Director of Field Placement, field supervisors, cooperating teachers, principals, administrators, advisory boards members and the Division accreditation team. The CAEP reviewers provided positive feedback highlighting the following features of our program:
- Our successful edTPA preparation program led by field supervisors, some of who are also trained edTPA reviewers, with a current 91% passing rate and 53% mastery rate.
- Extensive reliability and validity studies undertaken by the Division CAEP Coordinator to ensure the quality of our rubrics.
- The dedication of the faculty to our programs and teacher candidates. The team even calculated that our Division faculty represents 199 years of preparation the next generation of teachers in the "Molloy tradition!"
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to demonstrate the excellence of our programs and we are committed to continuous improvement and quality of our programs into the future.