The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, or CAEP, "monitors how the Education Preparation Provider publicly reports candidate performance data and other consumer information on its website." (Policy 6.01; p.25, CAEP Accreditation Policy)
In April 2020, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) granted Accreditation at the initial and advanced levels to Western Michigan University until spring 2027. Accreditation documents are linked below.
Annual Reporting Measures
Michigan Department of Education Score Reports
The annual Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Score Report issued by the Michigan Department of Education was comprised of three measures: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area tests, survey data from candidates and university supervisors, and teacher effectiveness ratings for program completers. Since 2018, the Michigan Department of Education has worked on updating the EPI score reporting criteria. Therefore, 2018 scores were reported in a different format, no EPI performance scores were issued for 2019, and only unpublished 2020 scores based on legacy calculations were provided to EPIs. Due to these changes, we have provided seven years of EPI performance score information.
Program Impact Measures
1. Impact on P-12 learning and development
Data indicates that WMU prepared pre-service (intern) teachers positively impact P-12 student learning and development. Data on in-service teachers has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Intern teacher impact on P-12 student learning and development
- Case study plan to assess the impact of WMU prepared teachers on P-12 student learning and development
2. Indicators of teaching effectiveness
WMU prepared teachers are consistently rated Highly Effective or Effective by their principals during their first three years of teaching.
- Michigan Department of Education educator evaluation calculation presentation
- Effectiveness Ratings for WMU completers, 2016-2019
3. Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones
Employers are very satisfied with WMU prepared teachers.
4. Satisfaction of completers
Part of the Michigan Department of Education's Year Out Survey asks first year teachers about their satisfaction with specific aspects of their preparation program. Despite a low return rate, survey results indicate that WMU completers in their first year of teaching are extremely satisfied with most of their preparation, but indicate that there are some areas for improvement. A comparison of Michigan Department of Education survey results from first year teachers, intern teachers, and intern teacher supervisors provides an interesting perspective on how perception of various aspects of teacher preparation vary by role and experience.
WMU also holds focus groups where initial and advanced program completers can discuss their satisfaction with their WMU preparation program. Focus group results are shared below.
During summer and fall 2019 focus groups, initial program completers were very satisfied with their WMU preparation and especially appreciated:
- Relationships with faculty
- Small class sizes that promoted strong support and relationships
- Study abroad experiences
- Multiple diverse clinical experiences
During the fall 2019 focus group, advanced program completers were also very satisfied with their WMU preparation and especially appreciated:
- Relationships with faculty
- Flexibility of course delivery methods and scheduling
- Integration of clinical experiences within current employment
- Rigorous coursework that encouraged personal and professional growth
Program Outcome Measures and Consumer Information
5. Graduation rates
6. Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements; Title II
Most WMU education program completers are able to meet certification requirements.
- Michigan Test for Teacher Certification 3-year cumulative pass rates
- Title II website
- 2020 Title II report
- 2019 Title II report
- 2018 Title II report
- 2017 Title II report
7. Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared
WMU education program graduates are able to find jobs they like in their areas of preparation.