The University of Lynchburg’s state-approved licensure programs have received full national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
It’s the first time all state-approved licensure programs in the University’s College of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling have gone through the CAEP accreditation process, according to Dr. Emma Savage-Davis, who serves as dean of the college.
“This is quite an accomplishment for the CELC faculty,” Savage-Davis said. “All licensure programs, including our school counseling program, are now nationally accredited by CAEP.”
Music education (vocal and instrumental) and counseling (school and clinical mental health) received additional program-specific accreditations, Savage-Davis added. Music education successfully went through the National Association of Schools of Music for accreditation renewal.
The counseling education program is completing the process for accreditation renewal with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
All of the University’s state licensure programs and add-on endorsement areas also have received Virginia Department of Education approval.
According to CAEP, accreditation is granted when the accreditation council determines that an educator preparation provider, or EPP, meets all CAEP standards, even if areas for improvement are identified in the final decision.
The full accreditation council makes all final decisions relevant to the CAEP standards based on evidence submitted by the EPP, findings from the evaluation team, and sufficiency of evidence for each standard, and then acts upon the recommendations from the initial and joint panel reviews. The council pays particular attention to consistency across all of the accreditation decisions.