Each teacher preparation unit in Oklahoma is evaluated for accreditation purposes based on national and state standards. These standards are applied through a Board of Examiners (BOE) peer review system which includes an on-site review of each education unit every seven years. For institutions seeking national accreditation, this process includes both national and state team members. Oklahoma site visitors evaluate institutions seeking state-only accreditation. Because all teams use CAEP standards for evaluation purposes, all schools are measured against national standards.
The accreditation process ensures that teacher preparation programs are providing teacher candidates with a knowledge-based education that includes multiple performance measures. It also provides a means of assessing the quality of faculty members serving in the teacher education unit, the diverse learning opportunities available to our teacher candidates, and the caliber of students being admitted for teacher candidacy.