Dickinson State University’s teacher education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) under the umbrella of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system. The CAEP Standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation focus on five areas:
- Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
- Clinical Partnerships and Practice
- Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
- Program Impact
- Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement
State Program Approval
The Teacher Education Program at Dickinson State University is also approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB), which sets the standards pertaining to teacher licensure, teacher education program approval (accreditation), and professional development of educators. North Dakota Administrative Rule 67.1-02-02-02 requires all applicants for an initial teacher license to complete a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a state agency-approved teacher education program. The approved program must include a general studies component, a professional pedagogy core, and a North Dakota recognized program area major based upon the North Dakota standards for teacher education program approval.