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 CAEP on-site review that occurred on March 10-12, 2019 will lead to a verdict from CAEP in late 2019 on the continuing accreditation of the College of Education. Until the verdict from CAEP is received in late 2019, 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:

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: 98.0%
(Students awarded a bachelor's degree within three years after admission to the College of Education during the 2015-2016 academic year)

Graduate Teacher Certification

Completion rate: 88.5%
(Students completing all requirements to earn a Michigan Standard Teacher Certificate after admission to the College of Education for the 2017-2018 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

From 2003 through 2016, the College of Education published an Annual Report. This report detailed College of Education faculty, staff, and student achievements, projects. Archived copies of the Annual Report are stored in the Dean's Office of the College of Education.

In 2017, the Annual Report was merged into 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.

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