NCATE Accreditation since 1987

The College of Education's accreditation status was most recently renewed by NCATE (the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) in 2012. NCATE has nationally recognized and accredited the College of Education's initial and advanced programs since 1987. A copy of the 2012 Approval Letter and the Accreditation Action Report is attached below.


In 2013, NCATE merged into CAEP (the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). CAEP will oversee the continuing accreditation status of the College of Education; the next on-site review of the college will occur in 2019. Until the College of Education is reviewed by CAEP, the College of Education remains accredited by NCATE.

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

CAEP has eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide information to the public on both the College of Education's program outcome and program impact. 

1. Impact on P-12 learning and development:

P-12 Learning Study

The College of Education is currently conducting an impact study, and plans to release the results in 2018-2019.

2. Indicators of teaching effectiveness:

EPI Score Report

The Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Score Report is issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and is comprised of three measures: (a) Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC) content/subject area tests, (b) Survey data collected from candidates and university supervisors, and (c) Teacher effectiveness ratings for program completers.

3. Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones:

4. Satisfaction of completers:

MDE surveys all initial College of Education Student Teachers at the conclusion of their teacher preparation program.

  • 2016-2017 data in process

5. Graduation Rates:

Undergraduate Teacher Education

Graduation rate: 92.8%

(students awarded a bachelor's degree within three years after admission to the College of Education during the 2014-2015 academic year)

Graduate Teacher Certification

Completion rate: 93.3%

(students completing all requirements to earn a Michigan Standard Teacher Certificate after admission to the College of Education for the 2016-2017 cohort)

6. Ability of completers to meet certification requirements

MTTC Pass Rates for Title II Report

The Title II Federal Report website provides information on the College of Education's completers. Additionally, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Annual Institution Reports for Grand Valley State University are available below for the following program years:

7. Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared:

Data from the Michigan Department of Education's Year Out Survey provides responses from alumni:

Colleagues Magazine

Latest Colleagues Issue:

Issue XIV, Vol.1, Fall/Winter 2017

Michigan Department of Education Program Approval

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) periodically reviews the College of Education's programs and maintains a list of approved educator preparation programs offered by Grand Valley State University's College of Education. This list can viewed on the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) website.

List of Nationally Recognized Programs

Page last modified April 25, 2018