Managing Student Teaching, Assessment and Accreditation.
NAU’s Professional Education Programs (PEP) consists of 32 undergraduate and graduate programs across four colleges, College of Arts & Letters, College of Education, College of Engineering, Forestry, & Natural Sciences, and the College of Health & Human Services, that prepare teachers and school leaders, counselors, and psychologists. During AY 2017-2018, there were 2225 candidates enrolled in initial teacher preparation programs and 553 graduates. There were 1,091 students enrolled in advanced programs and 454 graduates. In 2017, NAU’s professional education programs became the only educator preparation provider in Arizona to earn Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation. PEP manages student teaching placements and ensuring candidates meet outlined expectations for the student teaching course for 22 initial teacher preparation programs. For all initial and advanced degrees, PEP oversees the quality assurance system established to collect and monitor assessment data and accreditation and state approval processes and required reporting.