School of Education News

UMKC School of Education Earns Initial-Licensure Accreditation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has granted UMKC’s School of Education national accreditation at the initial-licensure level for meeting rigorous professional standards of excellence in teacher preparation, effective between 2018 and 2025.

In the accreditation action report, all five Council standards were met, with no areas for improvement or stipulations identified. This is the best accreditation decision possible.

“The School of Education is honored to receive such an amazing accreditation decision, meeting all five standards without a single area for improvement or stipulation identified,” said Dean Justin Perry. “This is a testament to all of the hard work that our faculty, staff, and administration has put into our programs, self-study report, and in-site accreditation visit.”

The Council was formed in 2010 through a merger of two pre-existing accrediting organizations, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The UMKC School of Education had an existing accreditation from the NCATE.

“This recognition from CAEP is an affirmation of the hard work of our faculty and staff in our commitment to preparing exemplary teachers for Kansas City’s diverse urban communities. We are proud of the work of our current students and alumni, as well as our strong partnerships with our urban partner schools and districts, all of which contributed to CAEP’s positive decision,” said Jennifer Waddell, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Urban Education and Sprint Foundation Endowed Professor in Urban Education.

UMKC is one of 52 providers from 27 states and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation this year for their educator preparation programs under the Council’s rigorous, nationally recognized standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.

“We are gratified by this recognition from the Council that we are delivering on our mission to provide state of the art teacher preparation. We have a reputation to uphold, and the School of Education is energized and committed to do so, in the best interest of our students, and the children and families in the Kansas City community and beyond that they will serve as alumni,” said Carolyn Barber, Ph.D., associate dean of faculty affairs for the School of Education.