The Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation covers both initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation programs. The mission of CAEP is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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Accreditation is granted at the initial-licensure level through Spring 2031.

Accreditation with stipulations is granted at the advanced level through Spring 2026.

STANDARD R1/RA1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge Met Met
STANDARD R2/RA2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice Met Met
STANDARD R3/RA3: Candidate Quality and Selectivity Met Met
STANDARD R4/RA4: Satisfaction with Preparation Met Met
STANDARD R5/RA5: Quality Assurance System and Continuous Improvement Met Met
STANDARD R6/RA6: Fiscal and Administrative Capacity Met Met
STANDARD R7/RA7: Record of Compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act Met Met

CAEP is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit preparation programs for teachers and other professional school personnel. These two agencies: 

  1. Assure the public that Ashland University offers an educator preparation program that meets national standards of quality
  2. Ensure that children and youth are served by well-prepared school personnel 
  3. Advance the teaching profession through the improvement of teacher education programs 

CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through content and pedagogy, clinical partnerships and practice, candidate recruitment, progression and support, program impact, and quality assurance and continuous improvement.

Ashland University's educator preparation programs also have been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, including all degree, licensure and endorsement programs.

Licensure requirements are subject to the authority of the Ohio Department of Education Workforce (ODEW) and Ohio law. Course and field experiences may change, subject to requirements approved by Ohio law.

Graduates of Ashland University’s Teacher Licensure and Advanced Licensure Programs are eligible for licensure by the Ohio State Board of Education.

For additional information and details on individual programs, please visit our Academic Program Search.

Learn More About Our Candidates and Graduates

Do you want to learn more about our candidates' performance while completing their programs and after they have begun teaching or working as building principals? Go to the Educator Preparation Performance Report, a document developed by the Ohio Board of Regents.

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