Education Program Earns CAEP Accreditation

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 4, 2019 — The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that West Liberty University has received accreditation for its educator preparation programs.

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CAEP Accredited

Initial Programs:

Art K-Adult

Biology 9-Adult

Elementary Education K-6

Early Intervention PreK-K

Early Childhood PreK-K (minor)

English 5-Adult

English 5-9 (minor)

General Science 5-Adult

General Science 5-9 (minor)

Health and Physical Education K-Adult

Mathematics 5-Adult

Mathematics 5-9 (minor)

Middle Childhood Education (contains 2 5-9 minors)

Music K-Adult

Social Studies 5-Adult

Social Studies 5-9 (minor)

Special Education K-6 or 5-Adult (minors)

CAEP Accredited Advanced Programs:

Reading Specialist

Special Education

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Completer impact is included through presentation of action-research projects conducted by program completers in their respective K-12 school sites. Each row in the attached file represents one completer’s action research on completer effectiveness. Performance portfolio data are also included in the below file.

2021-2022 Undergraduate Completer Effectiveness Case Studies

2021-2022 Undergraduate Performance Portfolio Data

2022-2023 Undergraduate Performance Portfolio Data

Completer effectiveness is included through dispositions assessments conducted by cooperating teachers in K-12 schools. 

2021-2022 Undergraduate Disposition Data

2022-2023 Undergraduate Disposition Data

2021-2022 Graduate Disposition Data

2022-2023 Graduate Disposition Data

Data demonstrating candidate competency at completion is presented through the Praxis II licensure area testing required by the West Virginia Department of Education.  These data include all test takers during the 2021-2022 academic year. Reading Specialist Praxis II results are for the advanced program. All other results are for undergraduate candidates.

2021-2022 Praxis II Testing Data

2021-2022 Praxis II Graduate Testing Data

2022-2023 Praxis II Graduate Testing Data

Also included are implemented lesson plan performance data for undergraduate students.

ILP Fall 2021 EDUC 293

ILP Fall 2022 EDUC 293

ILP Spring 2022 EDUC 293

ILP Fall 2022 EDUC 463

ILP Spring 2022 EDUC 463

ILP Spring 2023 EDUC 463

2022-2023 Reading Specialist Focus Group 

2022-2023 Impact on Student Learning 

Completers Hired

Data for completers’ actual hiring is currently unavailable.  The WVDE was scheduled to conduct state-wide surveys of both completers and employers but data have not yet been shared with the EPP.  Data from the state surveys will be made available when released.  No specific date for the release of that data is known.  The EPP will implement a university-developed survey regarding number of completers who are hired and their employers during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters and data for the measure are expected to become available to the public by Spring 2024.


West Liberty’s Exercise Physiology program is nationally accredited through the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. The American Society of Exercise Physiologists, the professional organization representing and promoting the profession of exercise physiology, is committed to the professional development of exercise physiology, its advancement, and the credibility of exercise physiologists.Exercise Physiology is the identification of physiological mechanisms underlying physical activity, the comprehensive delivery of treatment services concerned with the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of health and fitness, rehabilitation of heart disease and other chronic diseases and/or disabilities, and the professional guidance and counsel of athletes and others interested in athletics, sports training, and human adaptability to acute and chronic exercise.

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

The Athletic Training program at West Liberty University received full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) on March 11st, 2016. The Athletic Training program met all 109 standards required by CAATE and was awarded 5-year accreditation.

“To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Eligibility for the BOC exam is contingent upon completion of a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that must instruct the Competencies within the curriculum” (taken from the National Athletic Trainers Association website).

The Director of Athletic Training program, Dr. David Hanna noted, “The Athletic Training program will begin moving toward a Master’s degree format in the near future. The CAATE requires every program to be a Master’s program by the year 2026.”