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.
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. Candidates complete Praxis Core or file appropriate ACT/SAT scores for admission to Teacher Education. For admission to the Professional Semester with student teaching, candidates must successfully complete Praxis II content tests. For graduation candidates must also pass the PLT test.
While candidates may take the required tests more than once, the 31 candidates who completed student teaching in 2019-2020 had a 100% pass rate (Praxis II: n = 30; PLT: n = 28; additional test scores pending/waived by ADE: DESE due to COVID) and a cumulative GPA average of 3.670. Upon graduation, 94% of the teacher education completers received employment in the educational field or attended graduate school: 84% employment and 10% graduate school.
See the following links regarding 2019-2020 information:
- Impact on K-12 Learning and Development
- Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
- Satisfaction of Employers
- Satisfaction of Completers
Arkansas Educator Preparation Provider Quality Report Summary
- In ratings provided by supervisors (principals, instructional facilitators) of novice public school teachers, Ouachita’s recent graduates (n=10) posted a 3.4 on a scale of 1-4 (Ineffective to Highly Effective) based on the four TESS domains.
- In ratings provided by the novice teachers about their college preparation based on the four TESS domains, Ouachita (n=17) posted a 3.63 on a scale of 1-4 (Ineffective to Highly Effective).
- Ouachita was one of five universities with a 100% 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 is one of six programs that Exceeds expectations in all four areas.