Department of Education

CAEP Accreditation Visit: Call for Third Party Comments

The Teacher Education Department at Mississippi Valley State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) during November 8-10, 2020. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site 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:

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. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

The Department of Education is located in the Olympia Lowe Education Complex. Courses are offered at the off-campus location at the Greenville Higher Education Center ( GHEC) and at Coahoma Community College.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Education offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education,  Secondary Education, and Early Childhood Education.The Early Childhood Education degree is not designed for school-based early childhood education, and does not currently lead to licensure.

Through the coordination by the Department of Education, the department also oversees the B.S. degree in Biology Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Vocal Keyboard and Instrumental Music Education, and Social Science Education. These programs, all located in the College of Arts and Sciences, lead to K-12 licensure.

Master of Science programs in Special Education and Elementary Education are offered by the Department of Teacher Education.

The department also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, with emphasis in Elementary Education (4-8), Social Sciences,Science/Biology,Math, Music, English, and Physical Education. Students may receive alternate route "A" certification in any of the areas in which alternate route licenses are offered in the State of Mississippi.