Educator Preparation: Accreditation - University of Houston
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CAEP Accredited Provider

The University of Houston College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the premier national accrediting body for programs that prepare teachers, administrators and other educators.

In 2016, we were proud to be the first college in Texas to meet CAEP’s new accreditation standards. As CAEP explains: “Simply put, accreditation is quality assurance through external peer review.”


The College annually reports data to CAEP as part of our commitment to continuous improvement. This data relates to the satisfaction of our graduates, their employment and other factors. (Note: “I” refers to initial certification. “A” refers to advanced certification.*)

Impact on P-12 learning and development

(CAEP component 4.1)

Indicators of teaching effectiveness

(CAEP component 4.2)

Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones

(CAEP component 4.3)

Satisfaction of completers

(CAEP component 4.4)

Graduation rates

(CAEP outcome measure 5)

Ability of completers to meet licensing and other requirements

(CAEP outcome measure 6)

Ability of completers to be hired

(CAEP outcome measure 7)

Student loan default rates and other consumer information

(CAEP outcome measure 8)

*Initial certification = all students, undergraduate or graduate, seeking teacher certification through UH. Advanced certification = graduate students seeking certification to be a principal, superintendent, educational diagnostician, school counselor, reading specialist or master technology teacher.

**Coming soon: The state of Texas does not record employer satisfaction of advanced certification graduates like it does for initial certification graduates through the state principal survey. However, the College of Education is sending an alumni survey in August 2019 to graduates from the last three years and will include questions that can aid in obtaining this data.


  • 100%Teaching graduates who report being prepared for the job
  • 100%Employment of principal, superintendent and reading specialist graduates
  • 92%Passing rate on certification exams
  • 1stProgram in Texas to meet CAEP’s new standards
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If you have questions about accreditation or certification, please reach out.

Lauren Topek
Certification officer
Director of accreditation and accountability
UH College of Education