The University of West Florida Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership continues to be recognized as a highly effective educator preparation unit producing caring, competent, and qualified educators.
Through the TEEL programs, candidates acquire KNOWLEDGE in their coursework, refine pedagogical techniques through ACTION, and demonstrate LEADERSHIP skills in their educational environment. TEEL graduates make a difference!
The Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership is a member of the UWF Professional Education Unit. The Unit includes educator preparation programs from the College of Education and Professional Studies (Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, and TeacherReady®), the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (Department of Exercise Science) and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Department of Music).
Professional Education Unit Accreditation
The Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs (traditional and alternative) and advanced educator preparation programs at the Pensacola and online campuses. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
July 1, 2013 was the day of the de facto consolidation of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), making the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation. In preparation to UWF's upcoming accreditation visit in 2019 the Professional Education Unit is currently aligning the educator preparation programs to the new CAEP standards of educator preparation.
The Professional Education Unit (Unit) monitors candidate performance throughout a student’s program and following program completion. Assessing candidate performance enables the Unit to identify practices we are doing well and areas that can be improved upon. A continuous improvement model guides the Unit’s review, assessment, and accreditation processes. Examples of candidate performance data include student Florida Teacher Certification Examinations scores, candidate Grade Point Averages, candidate and completer impact in P-12 settings, performance on the Uniform Core Curricula, and employer surveys. See links below for examples of Unit candidate performance data analyses and reports.