Public invited to comment on teacher education program

Public invited to comment on teacher education program


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation to visit USAO this fall

The public is invited to comment on teacher education programs at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, as USAO will undergo its periodic national and state accreditation evaluation this year through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

A CAEP team will visit Chickasha this fall. Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for first accreditation. USAO will be considered for continuing accreditation.

“Both CAEP and USAO recognize that graduates, parents, schools and community organizations have valuable perspective on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers,” said Dr. Vicki Ferguson, director of teacher education and chair of the division of education and speech language pathology. “We invite interested parties to submit written testimony on the USAO teacher preparation program.”

Interested persons may submit comments to site visitors via email at or by mail to:

Site Visitors


1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036.


Letters of comment should be received no later than October 15, 2016.

Such comments must be within the specified period 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, units must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education unit 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.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.