Albion's Education Program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and was accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) based on the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles in November 2016. The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for educator preparation programs and holds accredited institutions accountable for providing evidence of meeting these standards. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.
CAEP tracks eight measures annually. The first two are related to the teaching effectiveness of our alumni. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) prepares and releases information about our alumni effectiveness yearly. For those that have one year of experience the Albion Teacher Education Program (TEP) alumni were rated 100% effective. These ratings are based on the performance of their students in state-wide testing and the observations their school administrators. This means the teacher effectiveness ratings are also an indicator of employer satisfaction (third CAEP measure). However, the Albion TEP is also working with the MDE and other educator preparation institutions across the state to put in place a direct measure of employer satisfaction measure.
The MDE also conducts a program satisfaction survey of all program completers (fourth CAEP measure). Albion TEP received a satisfaction rating of 93.4 (out of 100) as shown in the Michigan Department of Education Educator Preparation Score Reports below.
Graduation and retention rates are the fifth CAEP measure and are available on the College website at FALL2020_GRAD-RETENTION_REPORT_UPDATE_10-23-2020.pdf (albion.edu) The TEP is a concentration for students, all students must complete an academic major that fulfils the MDE licensure requirements with at least a “B” average. Additionally, to receive state certification requirements (CAEP measure six) students must pass a Michigan Test of Teacher Competency; from August 2016 to July 2019 Albion's TEP cumulative MTTC pass rate was 86.6%.
Albion College TEP completers are sought after by Michigan school districts (CAEP measure seven). One hundred percent of last year’s graduates are employed either in a full-time position or long-term substitute position. Albion College student loan default rates (CAEP measure eight) “is only 3.5%, which is much lower than the national average of 10%.” https://www.albion.edu/admission/financial-aid/affordability
As part of our effort to show our continuous improvement and demonstrate transparency, the Education Program makes the following data available.