Notre Dame College Recognized for National Excellence in Educator Preparation

Notre Dame College has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for its educator preparation programs, a distinction that recognizes the College for meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation. 

The fall 2018 review by CAEP resulted in Notre Dame and 51 other newly-accredited programs, bringing the total to 196 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said Christopher A. Koch, CAEP president. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

  • Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators
  • Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer

“The process of accreditation is intricate and involves everyone working together to collect and interpret data, provide documentation of course-level and unit-level actions, and write an in-depth self-study of where we as an organization are and where we want to be,” said Sue Corbin, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Professional Education at Notre Dame. “Along with the five CAEP standards, there are two cross-cutting themes of diversity and technology that require self-reflection about our abilities to attract and retain candidates from different cultural groups and to embed technology into our teacher training courses,”

Notre Dame has a long tradition of teacher education dating back to 1922. The Division of Professional Education prepares knowledgeable, effective and reflective teachers and school leaders at the graduate, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate levels.

Students at Notre Dame may pursue programs leading to Ohio licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, special education, adolescent/young adult and multi-age education through courses are offered on campus and online.

About The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

December 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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