National Accreditation and Recognition
UMBC’s Education Department has been nationally reaccredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) from 2020 to 2027.
The following initial preparation programs were included in the CAEP accreditation review:
Undergraduate Programs: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary English, Secondary Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, Spanish), Secondary Mathematics, Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space), Secondary Social Studies, K-12 Dance, K-12 Art, K-12 Music (Vocal and Instrumental), K-12 Theatre.
Master of Arts in Teaching Programs: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary English, Secondary Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, Spanish), Secondary Mathematics, Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space), Secondary Social Studies, K-12 Dance, K-12 Art, K-12 Music (Vocal and Instrumental), K-12 Theatre, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with P-12 Certification.
The program accreditation period is April 27, 2020 to June 30, 2027. The spring 2020 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 60 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 341 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.” CAEP is an accrediting body for educator preparation nationally recognized by CHEA. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement.
Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:
- Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
- Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.
The Bachelor of Science Middle Grades STEM degree program was created after the most recent CAEP accreditation review. The Master of Arts in Education (Advanced Preparation) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages without P-12 certification are reviewed through the University System of Maryland Academic Program Review. All programs offered by the UMBC Department of Education have been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.
CAEP Accountability Measures
Formerly known as CAEP Annual Reporting Measures
CAEP has identified 4 reporting measures that educator preparation providers are required to track and document on an annual basis. Below is a summary of those measures.
Measure 1 (M1): Completer Impact and Effectiveness
Measure 3 (M3): Candidate Competency at Program Completion
Measure 2 (M2): Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Investment
Measure 4 (M4): Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared
M1: Impact on P-12 learning and development (Component R4.1) and Indicators of teaching effectiveness (Component 4.2)
To measure how our alumni have an impact within their community, we were able to use Maryland public data to create an impact study to measure both Impacts on P-12 Learning and Development (Component 4.1) and Teaching Effectiveness (Component R4.2).
- Impact Study: Laurel Woods Elementary School – UMBC Professional Development School Partnership. Plan and Phase I study of public domain documents with a focus on mathematics
- Impact on Student Learning: The Contribution of a Professional Development Collaboration
Due to Covid-19, our impact study and follow-up studies were affected. Follow-up impact studies are currently under development and are expected to become available next academic year (2022_2023).
M2: Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones (Components R4.2, R5.3, RA 4.1)
The UMBC Education Department Employer Survey is administered using a web-based survey instrument. Respondents are asked to provide feedback regarding how well the program prepared alumni to enter the field of education.
- Summary of Employer Feedback Data — 2018 Data Collection
- Summary of Employer Feedback Data — 2019 – 2020 Data Collection
- Summary of Employer Feedback Data — 2020 – 2021 Data Collection
- Summary of Employer Feedback Data — 2021 – 2022 Data Collection
- Our current data analysis cycle is expected to be completed around the Summer of 2023.
M2: Satisfaction of program completers (Components R4.2, R5.3, RA 4.1)
The UMBC Education Department Alumni Survey is administered using a web-based survey instrument. The Department invites participation from all alumni of the teacher preparation program. Respondents are asked to provide feedback regarding how well the program prepared alumni to enter the field of education.
- Summary of Initial Certification Graduate Follow-up Survey Data – Last updated 2021 January.
- Summary of Initial Certification Graduate Follow-up Survey Data – Last updated 2022 April 27, data is based on the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 graduates. Next update is to be expected around Summer 2022 after May 2022 Graduation.
- Summary of Initial Certification Graduate Follow-up Survey Data – Last updated Spring 2023 to reflect FA21-SP22 Cohort.
M3: Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements – Title 2 pass rate (Components R3.3, RA3.4)
State of Maryland Teaching (Educator) Certification requirements can be found here: https://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DEE/Certification/index.aspx
- Title II Pass Rate: Summary and Single Assessment institution-level Pass Rate Data: Traditional Teacher Preparation Program within IHE – Academic Years: 2017 – 2018 | 2018 – 2019 | 2019 – 2020
- Title II Pass Rate: Summary and Single Assessment institution-level Pass Rate Data: Traditional Teacher Preparation Program within IHE – Academic Year: 2020 – 2021
- Title II Pass Rate: Summary and Single Assessment institution-level Pass Rate Data: Traditional Teacher Preparation Program within IHE – Academic Year: 2021 – 2022
M4: Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared
Due to Maryland confidentiality laws, we are unable to track or report this data accurately. The Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center (MLDS)is developing a series of reports in order to better answer this question. At this time we rely on our Employer survey to track alumni within our Professional Development Schools (PDS). Please see above for the Employer survey data.
M4: UMBC campus-wide Graduation Rates and job placement
UMBC campus-wide graduation and job placement information can be found by navigating to:
- UMBC Office of Institutional Research Data Retention Report: https://oir.umbc.edu/university-data/retention-graduate-rates/
- UMBC Career Center Outcome Report: https://careers.umbc.edu/aboutus/outcomes/
Student loan default rates and other consumer information
- Information about student loans, including default rates, can be found here: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=UMBC&s=all&id=163268#fedloans
UMBC Consumer Information for Students and Employees
In accordance with various federal laws and regulations, including The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) makes available to prospective students, current students, and employees.
Please visit UMBC Higher Education Consumer Information Website for more information.
The department is happy to share data about the performance of our students and the quality of our program.
If you would like more information please contact UMBC’s Education Department at email@example.com.
updated 2022 July 27