Title II and CAEP Accreditation
The Michael D. Huckabee School of Education at Ouachita Baptist University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This Accreditation status is effective between fall 2017 and fall 2023. The next site visit will take place in spring 2023.
The Huckabee School of Education at Ouachita Baptist University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on Feb. 27-March 1. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written testimony to:
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: email@example.com
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, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
- A professional education provider 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.
CAEP Accredited Programs
Initial Licensure Programs:
- Elementary Education (K-6)
- Middle School Education (4-8)
- English/Social Studies
- Math/Social Studies
- Science/Social Studies
- Art Education (K-12)
- Drama/Speech (K-12)
- Kinesiology Teaching – Physical Education and Health (K-12)
- Music Education – Choral (K-12)
- Music Education – Instrumental (K-12)
- Secondary Education (7-12)
- Social Studies
In addition, these programs satisfy licensure requirements for the state of Arkansas. Licensure regulations vary by state, but Ouachita graduates routinely have their license reciprocated in other states.
Annual Reporting Measure
Testing required for licensure in the state of Arkansas is integrated with our teacher education program. Program completers must meet Arkansas minimum scores on all required tests. For admission to the Professional Semester with student teaching, candidates must successfully complete Praxis II content tests.
While candidates may take the required tests more than once, the 40 candidates who completed student teaching in 2021-2022 had a 98% pass rate on Praxis II and 100% on Elementary Foundations of Reading (elementary majors only) and a cumulative GPA average of 3.640.
See the following links regarding 2021-2022 information:
Additional Data for Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement
Arkansas Educator Preparation Provider Quality Report Summary for 2021
- In ratings provided by the novice teachers about their college preparation based on the four TESS domains, Ouachita (n=18) posted a 3.56 on a scale of 1-4 (Ineffective to Highly Effective).
- Ouachita was one of two universities with above a 96% pass rate on the required Praxis tests.
- The state rated four distinct areas addressing teacher shortage fields, efforts to recruit minorities, partnerships with public schools, and implementation of Science of Reading concepts (exceeds, meets, or does not meet expectations). Ouachita rated “meets” in shortage fields and “exceeds” in recruitment, partnerships, and Science of Reading.