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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 (Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics), the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health (Department of Exercise Science and Community Health) and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Department of Music).

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Professional Education Unit Accreditation

The Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through Spring 2025. CAEP is the only CHEA recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.This accreditation covers initial teacher certification preparation programs (traditional and alternative) and advanced educator certification 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.

The Professional Education Unit includes the following programs:

  • Elementary Education, B.A.
  • Exceptional Student/Elementary Education, B.A.
  • Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
  • Physical Education Teacher Education, B.S.
  • Reading Education, M.Ed.
  • TeacherReady
  • UWF-Teach

UWF Educator Preparation Programs Approved by the Florida DOE

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CAEP is the only national accreditor for educator preparation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Vision: Excellence in educator preparation accreditation.
Mission: CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement.

CAEP contact information:

1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 223-0077

University of West Florida Institutional Accreditation

Supporting Documentation

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.