Accreditation of Educator Preparation Programs

Otterbein’s educator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation recognizes that our education programs have met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other educators. In NCATE‘s performance based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence of competent teacher candidate performance. Teacher candidates must know the subject matter they plan to teach and how to teach effectively so that all students learn. All education programs at Otterbein are NCATE-accredited until Spring 2023:


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    For more information on Otterbein’s accreditation status, visit our profile on the NCATE Web site or download our Otterbein-NCATE-Accreditation-Summary-2023 (PDF).

    Follow the steps below to review performance reports for Otterbein’s educator preparation programs compiled by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE):

    1. Visit the Ohio Educator Performance Reports Web site and under Private Institutions, click Otterbein University.
    2. On this Web site you will be able to download Otterbein’s Education Preparation Provider Performance Report (PDF) as well as more specific reports by program.

    For information about Otterbein’s Education program outcomes, download our latest Title II Report (PDF).

    Future Accreditation
    Please note that, as of July 1, 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a new accrediting body for educator preparation programs in the United States. This merger does not affect the accreditation status of Otterbein’s programs. Otterbein is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards in Spring 2023, following our established accreditation cycle.

    Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Annual Reporting Measures.

    CAEP Impact Measure 1: Impact on P-12 Learning and Development

    Ohio’s Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) uses a proprietary formula to rank teachers according to student growth on grade 4-8 reading and mathematics achievement tests.

    Otterbein-prepared teachers approximate state averages.

    Source: 2019 Ohio Educator Performance Reports >  [Note: The State of Ohio will not make 2020 data available.]

    EVAAS-Evaluated Teachers, Initial Licensure years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Percentage of teachers in each category

    Most Effective Above Average Average Approaching Average Least Effective
    Otterbein (N = 60) 18% 8% 27% 18% 28%
    State of Ohio (N = 3480) 18% 9% 30% 15% 29%

    CAEP Impact Measure 2: Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

    The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) offers a detailed, multifaceted view of early-career teacher performance.

    Source: 2020 Ohio Educator Performance Reports >

    OTES, Initial Licensure Year 2020; Percentage of teachers in each category

    Accomplished Skilled Developing Ineffective
    Otterbein (N = 24) 42% 58% N/R* N/R
    State of Ohio (N = 924) 33% 58% 9% N/R

    *Not Reported. The state does not report data for any category for which the number of entries is less than 10.

    CAEP Impact Measure 3: Satisfaction of Employers

    Otterbein is currently surveying employers through the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) Consortium. Results are expected in Summer 2021.

    CAEP Impact Measure 4: Satisfaction of Completers

    Results from a Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) survey of Otterbein students completing the program in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 (N = 61).

    NExT Survey of Otterbein Education Program Completers, Fall 2020 & December 2021, N = 61; Percentage of respondents answering in each category

    Very Satisfied Satisfied Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied
    Advising on professional education program requirements 43% 48% 8% 2%
    Advising on content course requirements 48% 44% 8% 0%
    Quality of instruction in teacher preparation courses 52% 41% 5% 2%
    Balance between theory and practice in teacher preparation courses 40% 43% 15% 2%
    Integration of technology throughout teacher preparation program 33% 48% 18% 2%
    Coherence between your coursework and field experiences prior to student teaching 38% 46% 13% 3%
    Quality of field experiences prior to student teaching 33% 52% 11% 3%
    Student teaching placement site 79% 18% 0% 3%

    CAEP Impact Measure 5: Graduation Rates

    The conventional benchmark for graduation rates is earning a degree within 6 years of starting a program (a 6-year graduation rate).

    In Otterbein as a whole, 66% of the undergraduate class entering in Fall 2014 graduated from Otterbein within 6 years with a bachelor’s degree. This exceeds the typical graduation rate at public institutions (61%) and is typical for private non-profit institutions.

    Source: National Center for Educational Statistics >

    Among Otterbein students entering in Fall 2014 with a declared Education major, the percentage is higher: 78% graduated from Otterbein.

    Among Otterbein students who completed their first two Education courses and were accepted into the Education program, the percentage is considerably higher: 96% graduated from Otterbein with an Education degree.

    CAEP Impact Measure 6: Ability of Completers to Meet Licensure Requirements

    In Ohio, each initial teacher licensure candidate takes several licensure exams, the Ohio Assessments for Educators (click here for information). Information from the most recently reported cohort is below. (Note that Ohio does not report pass rates when fewer than 10 students take the exam.)

    OAE Pass Rates, 2019-2020 Graduates

    Teacher Licensure Area Test Name Otterbein Pass Rate Ohio Pass Rate
    Early Childhood (PK-3), N = 17 OAE:  APK Early Childhood (PK-3) 100% 99%
    Early Childhood (PK-3), N = 18 OAE:  Early Childhood Education 100% 99%
    Early Childhood (PK-3), Middle Childhood (4-9), Intervention Specialist (K-12), N = 26 OAE: Foundations of Reading 100% 96%
    All Program Completers (N = 38) 100% 94%

    Sources:  Title II Report for 2019-2020 Cohort published April 2021, 2020 Ohio Educator Performance Report >

    CAEP Impact Measure 7: Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Been Prepared

    Otterbein is currently surveying recent (1-year) graduates through the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) Consortium. Preliminary results are below. Full results are expected in Summer 2021.

    As of April 27, 2021, 14 of 14 survey respondents (100%) received an Ohio teaching license.

    Each candidate received an average of 2 offers for teaching positions.

    Twelve of the 14 respondents (86%) are currently teaching.

    CAEP Impact Measure 8: Student Loan Default Rates

    The most recent institutional data (FY 2016 graduating cohort) indicates a 3-year student loan default rate of 4.0% for Otterbein. This percentage includes both undergraduate and graduate students, but is not disaggregated by major. The national rate for comparable institutions is 6.5%.

    Source: Federal Student Aid Office of the U. S. Department of Education >

    Questions or Additional Information
    Paul J. Wendel, Education Department Co-Chair