National Accreditation since 1988

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 1988. 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 on March 10, 11, and 12, 2019. Until the College of Education is reviewed by CAEP, the College of Education remains accredited by NCATE.

CAEP Call for Third Party Comments

The College of Education at Grand Valley State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on March 10, 11, and 12, 2019. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

    1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20036
    Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In the CAEP performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

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:

Student Achievement Study: Pre/Post Test

All Initial Certification Candidates conduct a pre/post test with P-12 students during two units of instruction. The results provide data on the impact each candidate has on the P-12 classroom.

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.

At the conclusion of each initial/undergraduate teacher candidate's preparation program, Michigan Department of Education (MDE) surveys both the teacher candidates and the GVSU field coordinator/supervisor on the effectiveness of the candidates.

Survey of Initial/Undergraduate Completers:

Survey from GVSU Supervisors on Initial/Undergraduate Completers:

3. Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones:

The Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) developed a survey in 2017 that was sent to area principals and administrators.

4. Satisfaction of completers:

Year Out Report on Preparation of Completers:

Survey of Graduate Completers:

For graduate programs, GVSU surveys all students at the completion of their program.

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

Shortly after the beginning of each calendar year, the College of Education is required to report on their completers from September 1st through August 31st of the previous academic year; for example, the 2017 Title Report reflects back on the 2015-2016 academic year. 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:

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

Course Assessment Reports

COE Publications

Colleagues Magazine

Colleagues is a bi-annual periodical produced by the College of Education's Center for Educational Partnerships. The magazine invites students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to contribute articles relating to the field of education. Colleagues informs its readership of COE happenings and current practices in the field of education. Special ‘topic-driven’ issues (race, poverty, special education, etc.) are produced on an intermittent basis.

Annual Reports

From 2003 through 2016, the College of Education published an annual report. This report details College of Education faculty, staff, and student achievements, projects. In 2017, the annual report was merged into Colleagues magazine.

View past College of Education Annual Reports, 2003-2016

Michigan Department of Education Program Approvals

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 be viewed on MDE's ProPrep website.

List of Nationally Recognized Programs

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