Accreditation assures our graduates are well prepared to pursue their professional careers.

The Department of Education's teacher certification and professional development efforts are presently approved by the Michigan's Department of Education (MDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Information about the accredited programs we offer for initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation can be found on our Teacher Preparation page.

All Teacher Certification programs have passed—and will continue to be subject to the ongoing approval of—the Michigan Department of Education. This required approval enables us to offer programs and make recommendations resulting in state-issued certification of teachers and in the state-issued endorsement of such certified teachers in any of a number of subject areas at the elementary and secondary level.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Educator Preparation Program, which is designed to produce graduates who are knowledgeable in their content areas and their use of pedagogy with diverse learners and who are prepared to become caring and reflective professionals, is granted accreditation at the initial-licensure and advanced level by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), for a period of six years, from 2020-2026. This accreditation certifies that the program has provided evidence that it adheres to CAEP’s standards.

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CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) requires annual reporting measures from each teacher preparation institution to provide information to the public on program outcomes and impacts.  The following list contains the CAEP measures with links to provide the evidence for each at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 learning and development (Component 4.1)

To collect evidence on completers’ impact on P-12 student learning, we developed a case study with a large local diverse school district. Fifty-four UM-Dearborn alumni in their first, second, or third year of teaching were identified. Based on the two different measures, Educator Effectiveness Ratings and student growth data, our completers at this district are having a positive impact on student learning as newly hired teachers in this diverse school district.

Measure 2: Indicators of teaching effectiveness (Component 4.2)

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires school districts to provide ratings for teacher effectiveness. The new legislation for educator evaluation was implemented to support MDE’s Strategic Goal #3, to “develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared and collaborative education workforce.” The legislation requires the annual evaluations to incorporate student growth as a significant component. To determine the ratings, all school districts selected a teacher evaluation tool from an MDE approved list of options and provided a rating of highly effective, effective, minimally effective or ineffective for each teacher employed. 272 (97.1%) completers received a rating of highly effective or effective in their first five years of teaching indicating their teaching effectiveness.

Measure 3: Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones (Component 4.3/ A.4.1)

The Educator Effectiveness Ratings are used as our evidence for the satisfaction of employers. As discussed above, all principals complete yearly teacher evaluations and submit the results to the Michigan Department of Education, which in turn, provides the results to educator programs.  Principals rate teachers in one of four categories: highly effective, effective, minimally effective or ineffective. 272 (97.1%) completers received a rating of highly effective or effective in their first five years of teaching. School district evaluations indicate that UM-Dearborn completers are well prepared to meet the demands of the classroom including having a positive effect on student growth.  We interpret this to mean that employer satisfaction is high with our completers.

Measure 4: Satisfaction of completers (Component 4.4 A.4.2)

For examining the satisfaction of completers, we used two sets of data as evidence.  One set of data is a survey collected as completers graduate from the program and the other data set is a survey conducted with completers one year after graduating.  Both of the surveys show overall positive responses from completers about the UM-Dearborn program, their preparation and their clinical field experiences. These results combined with the positive ratings from principals presented in the employer data, Educator Effectiveness Ratings, provide evidence that our completers value the education program at UM-Dearborn.

Measure 5: Graduation Rates

We track completer rates for our teacher certification programs since we have post-degree teacher certification programs in addition to undergraduate and graduate initial teacher certification programs.

Measure 6:  Ability of Completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II (initial and advanced levels)

At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Michigan Test of Teacher Certification (MTTC) must be passed prior to student teaching to document teacher candidates are knowledgeable in their selected content areas. Teacher candidates may take the tests more than once if necessary to achieve the passing scores set by the Michigan Department of Education.

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

We compile the employment data of our completers with teaching positions in Michigan in their first, second or third year of teaching. The vast majority of our completers remain in Southeastern Michigan.

Measure 8: Student loan default rates and other consumer information

Consumer information is provided with the links below.  The School Loan Default Rates is the most recent release of the data (Sept. 2020).

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