Albion’s Education Program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and was accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) based on the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles in November 2016.
The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for educator preparation programs and holds accredited institutions accountable for providing evidence of meeting these standards.
CAEP Accountability Measures
CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement by using several measures to assess the efficacy of educator preparation programs. As part of Albion’s CAEP accreditation, we annually reports and publicly shares data on our Teacher Education Programs. The data below summarizes our annual measurements of how Albion’s Teacher Education Programs prepare our students for success in their careers. We encourage you to look through our data and analyses in each of the sections below.
Albion College tracks our Teacher Education Program completer’s impact on P-12 student-learning growth and effectiveness in applying professional knowledge, skills and dispositions by using data collected and provided yearly by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
The MDE Educator Effectiveness scores measure the effectiveness of teachers who have recently completed the Albion College Teacher Education Program (i.e. graduates who completed the program within the past five years and have fewer than three years teaching experience. In this review, 93.8% of our recent program completers were rated as “Effective” or “Highly Effective.” These ratings are based on the performance of their students in state-wide testing and the observations their school administrators.
Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement
This Spring, Albion College will conduct focus group interviews with a sample of school administrators who have hired our program completers in the past three years. We expect data from those interviews to be available in the Summer of 2022.
In addition, Albion College is working with the Michigan Department of Education and other EPP’s across the state to put in place an employer satisfaction measure. That should be ready in the 2022-2023 academic year.
Candidate competency at completion
Albion College measures the competence of our Teacher Education Program candidates at the end of their program (i.e. during the final weeks of student teaching) using a survey conducted by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) given to student teachers’ cooperating teacher and college supervisor.
In the 2020-21 MDE survey, student teachers’ cooperating teachers and college supervisors were asked to evaluate the candidate’s “Overall Readiness” to enter the teaching profession, and specifically to evaluate four aspects of the candidate’s teaching skills: “Instructional Strategies and Assessment,” “Meeting Student Needs,” “Professional Awareness,” and “Technology Use.”
For “Overall Readiness,” 100% of our student teachers’ college supervisors and 93.8% of their cooperating teachers said our student teachers were ready for the teaching profession. On average, across all survey items on the four aspects of the candidate’s teaching skills, 92.4% of the time, college supervisors and cooperating teachers said our student teachers were effective. For supervisor and cooperating teachers’ responses on each aspect, see the Albion College 20-21 Candidate Suite Survey Summary.
Ability of Completers to be Hired
Albion College TEP completers are sought after by Michigan school districts. One hundred percent of last year’s graduates are employed either in a full-time position or long-term substitute position.