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 8 Annual Reporting Measures

Completer impact is included through presentation of 5 action-research projects conducted by program completers in their respective K-12 school sites.

Measure 1 Completer Impact

Completer effectiveness is included through dispositions assessments conducted dispositions assessments conducted by cooperating teachers in K-12 schools.  These data related to undergraduate completers.

2020_2021 Dispositions of Undergrad Student Teachers

Completer effectiveness through dispositions assessments are not conducted in the same format as with undergraduate students.  By September 30, 2022, graduate capstone data will be uploaded to document graduate completers effectiveness.


Data for Satisfaction of Employers is currently unavailable.  The WVDE conducted state-wide surveys of both completers and employers but response rates were very low.  Data from the state surveys will be made available when released.  No specific date for the release of that data is known.  The EPP plans to implement a university-developed survey in the Spring, 2023 semester and data for the measure are expected to become available to the public by August, 2023.

Data for stakeholder involvement is being collated and will be uploaded by September 30, 2022.  The data will include documentation of the EPP’s continued involvement with and input from K-12 stakeholders in various memoranda, meetings, and similar 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 2020-2021 academic year but do not necessarily include testing of completers who have passed their Praxis II testing during the Summer, 2022.

Praxis II Testing Data 2020-2021

Data disaggregated by graduate and undergraduate completers will be available online by September, 2022.  Graduate completers are represented in the data in the areas of Reading Specialist and Special Education Mild/Moderate testing.

Data from student teaching assessments for both undergraduate and graduate completers will be uploaded and available by September 30, 2022.  We can report anecdotally that all completers are both levels met the appropriate requirements for completion of their student teaching (Residency 2) as assessed by K-12 cooperating teachers and university supervisors.

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 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters and data for the measure are expected to become available to the public by January and August, 2023 respectively for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.


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.”