Cameron University Aces NCATE Accreditation Visit

Cameron University’s teacher education programs shined brightly in 2015-2016 as we received continuing accreditation from both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA). The Board of Examiners team that conducted the peer review found that Cameron University met all standards for initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation—a feat that the president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which has taken over NCATE, said merited “special congratulations.”

The team, which visited campus last fall, provided detailed findings of their review. Particular strengths included: collecting and analyzing candidate data, using data for continuous improvement, and the comprehensive use of writing and reflection activities focused on helping Cameron students support diverse learners.

The team also reported something that those associated with teacher education at Cameron University have known for years, “Interviews with candidates and recent graduates highlighted the close relationships built between the unit faculty and their students. The strong relationships that start with candidates during coursework continue through on-going support and mentorship for beginning teachers.”

In addition to meeting all standards Cameron University received rare commendation for reaching the target level at both the initial and advanced levels for the standard related to field experiences and clinical practice. The Board of Examiners noted that “the unit collaborates with stakeholders in an extraordinary way . . . to prepare their candidates to help all students learn.”

Cameron University is extremely proud to receive recognition from its peers in Oklahoma and nationally for having a high-quality teacher preparation program that is relationship-focused and produces caring, competent, and committed educators. We now look forward to achieving equal success under the new Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2023.

Educator Preparation Begins Work toward CAEP Accreditation in 2023

The information that follows is required as part of the 2018 CAEP annual report and focuses on candidates from 2016-2017.

Impact Measures (CAEP Standard 4): The provider demonstrates impact of its completers on P-12 student learning and development, classroom instruction, and schools, and the satisfaction of its completers with the relevance and effectiveness of their preparation.

4.1  Impact on P-12 learning and development

Because the state of Oklahoma does not use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, Cameron University will be working with our school partners to gather data on those graduates who are currently teaching in the areas for which they were prepared and whose students participate in testing. To supplement this information, Cameron education faculty will conduct case studies of graduates during their first year of teaching. We expect this data to be available in 2019 and that it will provide quality evidence of graduates’ impact on P-12 student learning.

4.2  Indicators of teaching effectiveness

Data from the Oklahoma Teacher-Leader Effectiveness evaluation shows how CU graduates performed as determined by school administrators.

4.3  Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones

The Oklahoma Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) office has developed a statewide survey of administrators who have hired initial program completers for all educator preparation programs across the state. Currently the data relies on administrators to determine what certification route each new teacher completed with aggregated data provided to the EPPs. Because of Cameron’s inability to verify that the new teachers being assessed are in fact our program completers, we have no data to report for 2016-2017. We are working with OEQA to be able to validate data beginning in 2017-2018. Additionally, evidence of employer satisfaction of CU advanced program graduates will be available in 2019 as Cameron adds items regarding employment milestones to its follow-up survey.

4.4  Satisfaction of completers

Data from Cameron’s exit survey indicates the satisfaction of initial and advanced graduates.

Outcome Measures: CAEP has determined that the following required reporting items are “of significance to stakeholders and consumers.”

Graduation Rates

Generally full-time initial candidates complete their degrees two years after being admitted to the educator preparation program. Trend data on the number of initial and advanced graduates can be found below.

Ability of completers to meet licensing and any additional state standards

Initial candidates are successful overall on licensure tests, but we consider subscores when we work on improving student scores. Data showing licensure test results for advanced candidates are limited as not all elect to seek licensure. In 2016-2017 seven candidates sought licensure with 100% of them passing the required exams.

Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have been prepared

Cameron University is very proud of the hiring rates for our initial candidates. Evidence of advanced candidates being hired into positions aligned with their degrees will be available in 2019 as Cameron adds items regarding interviewing and job changes to follow-up surveys.

Student loan default rates

The three-year cohort default rate for all Cameron University students for the FY14 cohort was 14.7% and the FY15 cohort was 15.7%.

Contact Information

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2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
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