In December 2016, Cannon-Clary College of Education became the first higher learning institution in Arkansas to receive accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the single-specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the United States.
“This recognition reflects a commitment from everyone in the College of Education, as well as our many professional partners in the field, to further our mission of preparing excellent educators who are ready to teach with a strong skill set and an even more powerful mindset,” Dr. Donny Lee, dean, said. “We are grateful that we can make a difference providing teachers, leaders and counselors for schools in Arkansas and literally all over the world.”
Although Harding is the first in Arkansas to complete the new CAEP standards accreditation process, the College of Education has been accredited by the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education every seven years since 1961.
The CAEP Standards, adopted in 2013, reflect the voice from the education field on what makes a quality teacher. CAEP accreditation ensures that there is solid evidence that graduates are competent and caring and that staff are dedicated to continuous program improvement.
For students like junior Caitlin Harris, a birth to kindergarten and special education major pursuing licensure, the accreditation is recognition of the quality teachers in the College of Education.
“Every professor I have ever had in the College of Education has gone above and beyond to help me succeed,” Harris said. “My professors provide me with so many opportunities to observe, plan and teach lessons. One of my favorite things is that our professors practice what they preach. They are truly experts in their field, and they do everything
they can to pass that knowledge on to their students.”