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.

CAEP Site Visit Notice and Call for Testimony

The University of West Florida Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Department (TEEL) is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 17 – 19, 2019. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Or by email to:

Comments will be accepted through Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that UWF-TEEL must:Demonstrate through evidence that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn;

  • Prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom
  • Be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; 
  • Engaged in continuous assessment and development;
  • Ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies;
  • Be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the University for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

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).

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

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

On July 1, 2013, NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), consolidated to form the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), the sole specialized accreditor for education preparation. In preparation for UWF’s upcoming reaccreditation visit in 2019, the Professional Education Unit is currently aligning the educator preparation programs to the current CAEP standards of educator preparation.

University of West Florida Regional 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.