COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Assessment & Accreditation

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education and its departments are accredited by a number of external organizations. Accreditation shows that the College complies with strict standards for excellence and regularly reviews courses and curriculum to ensure that students are well prepared to succeed in their careers.

APA

The American Psychological Association accredits Louisiana Tech University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. Questions concerning accreditation status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:

APA Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979 • TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978 • E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

CACREP

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) provides leadership and promotes excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society. CACREP is dedicated to

  • Encouraging and promoting the continuing development and improvement of preparation programs; and
  • Preparing counseling and related professionals to provide services consistent with the ideal of optimal human development.

CACREP maintains collaborative relationships with other groups that focus on accreditation, licensing, certification, and the professional development of counselors and related practitioners.

CACREP promotes the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through

  • the development of preparation standards;
  • the encouragement of excellence in program development; and
  • the accreditation of professional preparation programs.

 

CAEP

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) ensures the preparation of highly qualified educators through the accreditation of programs in which data drive decisions; resources and practices support candidate learning; and candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions geared toward raising student achievement. The purpose of this page is to provide the reader with information connected to accreditation of the teacher education programs within the College of Education.

CAEP has eight annual reporting measures which are used to provide information to the public on both program outcome and program impact.

  • Measures of Program Impact:
    • Measure 1: Impact that completers’ teaching has on P-12 learning and development
    • Measure 2: Indicators of teaching effectiveness
    • Measure 3: Results of employer surveys, and including retention and employment milestones
    • Measure 4: Results of completer surveys
  • Measures on Program Outcomes and Consumer Information
    • Measure 5: Graduation rates from preparation programs
    • Measure 6: Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements
    • Measure 7: Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they are prepared
    • Measure 8: Student loan default rates and other consumer information

SACSCOC

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region, and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students.  It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The Commission also accepts applications from other international institutions of higher education.