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UT Martin educator preparation program earns CAEP accreditation


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation announced June 12 that the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Educator Preparation Program has earned full program accreditation. UT Martin is one of 46 programs from 22 states and Puerto Rico to earn CAEP accreditation this semester and 147 total programs to boast this credential.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said Dr. Christopher Koch, CAEP President. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is based on peer review and serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

“UT Martin is proud of our external accreditations because they show that not only do we believe in the value of our programs, but others from our peer institutions can see the quality of our curriculum and our graduates as well,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor. “I know our education graduates are going out into the world prepared for their careers, and I thank the faculty and staff in that program for giving them the training and confidence they need to be successful.”

Programs seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards based on two principles: solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

Programs that do not meet all five standards and various sub-standards are placed on two-year probation.

For more information, contact Donna Neblett, director of the UT Martin Educator Preparation Program, at 731-881-7686 or the Department of Educational Studies at 731-881-7210. Learn more about the department online at


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