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College of Education Accreditation

CAEP Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is a national accrediting body for teacher preparation programs. CAEP’s mission is to advance equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. CAEP is formally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
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Kean University has a long and rich history of preparing education professionals. Since its inception, the University has been a forerunner in teacher education in New Jersey. Today, Kean graduates are making a real difference in the lives of young people throughout the United States and abroad.

The College of Education has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1955. In 2010, NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to form CAEP.  The College of Education holds both Initial Preparation (ITP) and Advanced Preparation (ADV) accreditation standing with CAEP through several programs.


  • Early Childhood Education (Bachelor of Arts P-3/TSD)
  • Elementary Bilingual Education (Bachelor of Arts K-6; Bachelor of Arts K-6 and 5-8)
  • Elementary Education (Bachelor of Arts K-6/TSD; Bachelor of Arts K-6 and 5-8/TSD)
  • Art Education | Fine Arts (Bachelor of Arts; Master of Arts)
  • Instruction and Curriculum (Master of Arts)
    Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Mathematics Education
  • Music Education (Bachelor of Music)
  • Physical Education and Health (Bachelor of Science K-12)
  • Spanish Education (Bachelor of Arts K-12)
  • Theatre Education (Bachelor of Arts K-12) 
  • Teacher Certification in an academic major (Bachelor of Arts K-12)
    Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Earth Science Education, English Education, History Education, and
    Mathematical Sciences Education
  • Teacher Certification in an academic major (Bachelor of Arts K-12/TSD)
    Biology Education, Earth Science Education, English Education, History Education, and Mathematical Sciences Education
  • Alternate Route (Early Childhood Education, P-3; Teacher of English as a Second Language)


Advanced-level certification applies to post-baccalaureate or graduate level programs that lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. These programs are designed to develop P-12 teachers who have already completed an initial preparation program, currently licensed administrators, and other certificated school professionals for employment.

  • Educational Administration (Master of Arts; Post-Master's Certification)
  • Instruction and Curriculum (Master of Arts; Certification)
          - Bilingual/Bicultural Education
          - Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL)
  • School Psychology  (Professional Diploma)
  • Special Education (Master of Arts)
          - Autism and Developmental Disabilities
          - Learning and Behavior Disabilities  
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Certification)
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant - LDTC (Post Master’s Certification)

To view the full list of program offerings in the College of Education, please visit:


The College of Education has secured its data for the initial and advanced-certification programs from a number of reliable data sources.

Measure 1: Completer Effectiveness (Initial)

The College primarily uses evaluation and impact data from the New Jersey Department of Education Performance Report for Educator Preparation as evidence of completer effectiveness.   In the active application of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions, effectiveness is measured during candidacy through various planned assessment tools which include a Clinical Competency Inventory (CCI) and a Disposition Assessment completed by field supervisors, cooperating teachers, and the candidate.  In addition, bi-monthly observations are conducted by field supervisors.  Provided as part of this reporting exercise, are results of the Survey of Completers which measures program preparedness and satisfaction of candidates in their final semester.

2020 Evaluation Results and Impact Data

2021 Evaluation Results and Impact Data

Clinical Competency Inventory (CCI) and Disposition Assessment Results (forthcoming) 

Satisfaction of Completers (Survey of Completers)

The complete New Jersey Performance report for Kean University may be found here:

Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement (Initial & Advanced)

Evidence of employer satisfaction and stakeholder involvement is primarily collected by a survey administered to State of New Jersey Superintendents, Principals, and Administrators to assess their level of satisfaction with the quality of Kean graduates working at their institution.

As supplementary evidence, the student loan cohort default rate is provided.  This disclosure helps to gauge the cost of federal student loan programs, and is demonstrative of affordability and employment outcomes.

The College has recently formed an advisory committee comprised of key stakeholders throughout the State of New Jersey, including superintendents, district staff, cooperating teachers, alumni, and other community partners.  One of the goals of this group is program engagement and continuous improvement, by addressing current concerns in P-12 education including the teacher shortage and the associated barriers; the need to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; professional development opportunities for current and future educators; and the changing state and federal legislation. Several districts, represented by members of the advisory board, regularly host candidates for their clinical practice experiences and have hired or recommended program completers. 

Employer Survey

Student Loan Default Rate

Measure 3: Candidate Competency at Completion (Initial & Advanced)

A combination of measures that reflect the candidate’s ability to meet licensing and other state requirements, as well as evidence demonstrating expectations and candidacy competency at time of completions.

Subject Assessment Results 

The College of Education participates in the ‘passing score minus 5%’ rule, as allowed by the New Jersey Department of Education “Grade Point Average and Praxis Flexibility” regulation.  In accordance with this rule, where the candidate’s GPA is 3.50 or higher, and the passing score is no less than five percent of the published cut scores, the test requirement will be met.
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The College also participates in the Limited Certification of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) pilot program. This five-year pilot program pursuant to P.L. 2021, c.224, (Chapter 224), permits candidates to be waived from meeting the minimum required GPA (3.0) or achieving a passing score on the Praxis subject-matter assessment(s), after at least one  attempt.
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By satisfying all other program requirements, and in conjunction with the “Grade Point Average and Praxis Flexibility” regulation, or qualifying for the Limited CEAS pilot program, completers will be considered eligible to meet licensing and state requirements. Assessment pass rate data, specific to subject area, are available in the published Title II reports. 

edTPA Performance Summary Results

Degrees and Certificates Conferred

Graduation Rates

Measure 4: Ability of Completers to be Hired (Initial & Advanced)

Evidence on completer’s ability to be hired is sourced from New Jersey Department of Education Performance Reports for Educator Preparation.

Evaluation Report and Impact Data

Certification of Assessments

Employment Outcomes and Compensation