Elementary Education Accreditation

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s education preparation program has a history of excellence. In 1998, WVU at Parkersburg’s program achieved initial accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since that time, the program has been continuously recognized by NCATE. In 2012, a team of examiners reviewed our institutional report, examined our data, made visit to our partnership schools and interviewed teachers and principals. The team determined that our program met all standards for full accreditation.


In 2013, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council consolidated to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). WVU at Parkersburg’s program will continue to be recognized as an NCATE accredited program until its next accreditation visit in 2019.

Strengths Identified

Standard 2, Assessment: “The unit uses the data from the continuous assessment system to review and revise the curriculum and to enhance program offerings. The data are used in conjunction with research about best practices, state policy, and national standards to bring about needed changes in the program.”

Standard 3, Field Experience and Clinical Practice: “Through the Partnership Project, the unit and its school partners share expertise and integrate resources to support candidate learning. They jointly determine the specific placements of student teachers and field experiences to maximize the learning experience for candidates and P-12 students.”

Standard 4, Diversity: ”A strength of the program is the range of diverse field placements experienced by all teacher candidates.”

Standard 5, Faculty: ”Unit faculty model best practices in teaching. Individually, the faculty have won awards for excellence in teaching, and they are recognized as outstanding educators across campus and by program graduates. Unit Education faculty also model best practices in service. The faculty are considered leaders within education by senior administrators and faculty
across the institution, by area PK-12 administrators, and by cooperating teachers in the area schools.”

Committed to Excellence

The program at WVU at Parkersburg has a reputation for being rigorous. The program requires all candidates to pass the Praxis CORE tests prior to admission to the program and to pass all required Praxis certification tests before admission to student teaching. Beginning in the fall of 2013, a 3.0 GPA is required for admission to program and admission to student teaching. A 3.0 GPA must be obtained in the overall GPA, in professional education courses, and in courses required for licensure.

Continuous Program Improvement

WVU Parkersburg’s education preparation program is dedicated to excellence that is achieved through continual assessment and improvement grounded in a culture of evidence that informs our practice. The faculty conducts two assessment meetings each year to review data collected from numerous sources: current students, faculty, graduates, employers, cooperating teachers and supervising teachers. Certification examination scores and grade point averages also provide data for review. This review of the data informs the program concerning areas that need to be improved.

The preparation program at WVU at Parkersburg is committed to transparency. The following data demonstrates the program’s dedication to excellence:

Number of WVU Parkersburg Education Program Completers

2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
29 29 30 34 36 46

WVU Parkersburg Licensure Pass Rates

2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

WVU Parkersburg Completers’ Overall GPA (4.0 Scale)

2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
 3.37 3.44  3.49  3.42 3.45 3.52

Stakeholder High Ratings

WVU Parkersburg’s education program’s stakeholders consistently rate the program highly. Data from graduate surveys indicate they feel well prepared. Graduates, at program completion, rate their preparation highly. Data show that 2015-2016 graduates rate their preparation a mean score of 2.44 out of 3.0 on 48 indicators. Highest ratings were given in the areas of classroom management, teaching of reading, professional commitment and interpersonal relationships.

Principals regularly give WVU Parkersburg  graduates excellent ratings on their preparation. Data show that 2015-2016 principals rate graduates’ preparation a mean score of 2.36 out of 3.0.

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