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Aurora University education degree programs receive CAEP accreditation

Posted by on August 25, 2016

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has accredited the Aurora University School of Education bachelor’s program in elementary education and doctoral program in educational administration through the year 2021.

CAEP, formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is a federally recognized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education. Its accreditation is considered the most prestigious attainable in the United States.

Achieving CAEP’s evidence-based accreditation signifies that the programs meet a battery of exacting professional standards, that the programs’ graduates have demonstrated mastery in various content areas, including health and physical education, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts, as well as pedagogy and professionalism, and that they have the clinical training necessary to teach children in grades P–12 effectively. The accreditation process includes a months-long self-study and campus visits from CAEP representatives.

“I congratulate Professor Emeritus Joan Fee, who just retired after 12 years as chair of our Ed.D. program, and Professor Jim Varney, chair of elementary education,” said Jocelyn Booth, executive director of the AU School of Education. “They successfully guided us through the process and wrote the final reports.”

“Achieving accreditation is quite involved,” Fee said. “These accreditations validate all the work that we do here in the School of Education.”

“I thank the faculty for their work as well,” Varney said. “After all, the quality of any program really boils down to the quality of the faculty, and we have an excellent faculty.”

The School of Education offers three doctoral degree programs: Leadership in Administration, Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction, and Leadership in Adult and Higher Education. The programs are offered at Aurora’s main campus in Aurora and at the Woodstock Center campus. The programs emphasize the development of expertise in professional practice and are intended for individuals pursuing careers as school and district administrators, program administrators, staff developers, teacher educators, classroom teachers as well as faculty in higher education.

More than 200 licensure candidates are currently enrolled in AU’s bachelor’s program in elementary education. Candidates acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to create classroom environments that support every child’s growth and create opportunities that meet the diverse cultural, developmental and language needs of students.

To learn more about the Doctor of Education program on the Aurora campus, visit To learn more about the Doctor of Education program at AU Woodstock Center, visit For information about the bachelor’s degree in elementary education, visit the education program website.


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