Rider’s College of Education and Human Services earns CAEP accreditation

Recognition reflects national excellence in teacher preparation

Rider University’s College of Education and Human Services received continuing accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP announced its decision on Nov. 20 that Rider was one of 59 education preparation providers approved this year under the rigorous, nationally recognized CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards. In total, there are 280 CAEP-accredited institutions nationally.

“CAEP is the gold standard in accreditation for educator preparation,” says Sharon Sherman, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “We met every standard, and our Teacher Education report was perfect. This reflects the expertise and dedication of our team of faculty and staff working together to provide an excellent education for our students.”

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement.

“These providers meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” says CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

Rider was the first private New Jersey institution to hold the highest accreditation possible in teaching from CAEP, which was formerly known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Since 1913, the College of Education and Human Services has contributed scholarship and imagination to the education profession and prepared graduates for the opportunities and challenges of the teaching profession. Its programs are kept relevant to the changing needs of students, the professional communities it serves and society by anticipating those needs and taking measures to meet them.

This commitment to excellence is based on the belief that today’s teacher must be able to demonstrate sensitivity to students, familiarity with curriculum, and a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the learning process.