Watson College of Education

CAEP Call for Public Comments

The Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on June 26-28, 2022. UNCW has historically been accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is now seeking initial accreditation from CAEP for its programs that prepare educators for initial licensure and advanced credentials. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the CAEP site team.

Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Comments must be submitted by April 15, 2022 and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

This solicitation for Third Party Comments has been sent to current faculty, current candidates, and Professional Development System (PDS) district superintendents and key contacts.

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org

For questions please contact:

Jaci Webb-Dempsey, Ph.D.
Director of Program Assessment, Accreditation and Development
Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Phone: (910) 962-2161
Email: dempseyj@uncw.edu