College of Education

Accreditation Profile

Educator preparation programs

The COE is the first educator preparation program in Oregon, the first on the West Coast, and one of the first 10 in the nation, to be fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP was formed in 2013 by the merging of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which has now formed just one national accrediting body. All P-12 educator preparation programs in the COE underwent both state and national review in 2015 through Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and CAEP​, and are accredited for seven years with a follow-up visit scheduled for 2022​. Accredited programs are required to demonstrate a commitment to quality through data-informed continuous improvement as shown through candidate performance on the ​relevant program and licensure standards and program completer impact on student learning. The COE has been nationally accredited since 1977.

Initial programs

Bilingual Teacher Pathways
Elementary Graduate Teacher Education Program
Secondary Graduate Teacher Education Program
Early Intervention Special Education
Inclusive Elementary Educator Program
Special Educator Program
Secondary Dual Educator Program
Visually Impaired Learners Program
Initial Administrator Licensure Program

Advanced programs

English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
Read Oregon Program
Continuing Administrator Licensure Program

Counselor education programs

PSU's Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, School Counseling; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs received re-accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The current accreditation cycle end date is March 31, 2022. The programs submit all required reports and data to maintain current accreditation standards. PSU intends to maintain CACREP accreditation and will reapply on the appropriate timeline per CACREP rules.

Early childhood programs

The Helen Gordon Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center was awarded re-accreditation in fall 2016 valid until November 2021. NAEYC accreditation is a nationally recognized standard of quality that has been offered since 1985 to provide early childhood programs with benchmarks and means of assessment and as a way for parents to identify high-quality programs. To achieve accreditation, the program demonstrated meeting 400 criteria in 10 areas with standards assessed by NAEYC. The standards focus on: advancement of children’s learning and development; qualifications, knowledge and commitment of teachers and staff; partnerships with the community; the quality of the physical environment; and program management and leadership.

View the COE Data Dashboard for more information about accreditation.