College of Education and Learning Design

Accreditation

St. Cloud State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). St. Cloud State is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards, with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in Spring 2022.

Accreditation is an evidence-based external review process that advances excellence, assures quality, and promotes continuous improvement in educator preparation. The accreditation process includes a review of evidence that our graduates are competent in their content knowledge and teaching methods, and that our programs and faculty are committed to ongoing improvement and enhancement.

In addition to the professional accreditation process, our educator preparation unit and programs are approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Every program must demonstrate that their course offerings meet the content knowledge and standards of effective teaching required by the state, in order to be approved by this Board. The Board also reviews how well our students do on licensing requirements and key program assessments. The overall educator preparation unit must also meet rigorous standards which include faculty qualifications, unit policies, procedures and infrastructure and the types of field experiences provided to students throughout their programs.

Unit approval by the MN PELSB for seven years is granted if the provider meets all the standards and requirements.

Individual programs are reviewed and re-approved every two years.

The School of Education at St. Cloud State University prepares future teachers, administrators, and other education personnel at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Through six academic departments and several support centers, students enjoy many opportunities to pursue a variety of career paths in the field of professional education.