FSU Professor Re-Elected Vice-Chair of Council for National Educator Preparation Accreditation

Dr. Noran Moffett

The Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) announced today that Noran Moffett has been re-elected Vice-Chair of the CAEP Accreditation Council. The CAEP Accreditation Council is the primary accreditation decision making body for the only nationally recognized teacher preparation accrediting body. Through the fall of 2020 the CAEP Accreditation Council has approved a total 341 providers under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation.    

“We are pleased that Noran Moffett has been re-elected as Accreditation Council Vice-Chair position,” said CAEP President Christopher A. Koch. “He is passionate about education and ensuring that teachers, administrators and other school personnel are sufficiently prepared to ensure students of all backgrounds receive equal opportunity in the classroom.”   

The CAEP Accreditation Council meets twice a year to review and make decisions on the cases of educator preparation providers that are seeking accreditation under the CAEP standards. In addition, the Accreditation Council is responsible for reviewing the qualifications and appointing individuals to serve as volunteers in various roles of the accreditation process. 

Moffett is a tenured Professor of Education at FSU, where he works within the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership. Moffett previously served Fayetteville State as the Director of Research Initiatives and, formerly, as Associate Dean. His past educational leadership experience also includes his role as Associate Dean and Professor at Clark Atlanta University, where he coordinated his EPP’s accreditation process. 

 “I am humbled my colleagues re-elected me to continue to serve in this role. CAEP’s standards are focused on equity and diversity, placing an emphasis on bringing more teachers of color into the classroom to better serve all K-12 learners,” Moffett said. “The accreditation process is a tool our profession uses to ensure we are preparing teachers who will make a positive difference in the lives of children on the first day they enter the classroom. This work helps to ensure educational experiences for all children, especially those with the least opportunity, so that they can play a part in building a better democracy for our country’s future.”

Moffett’s new term as Vice-Chair begins July 1, 2021, and extends through June 30, 2023.  

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all providers focused on educator preparation.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:    

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and    
  2. 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.    

If a provider fails to meet one of the five standards, it is placed on probation for two years. Probation may be lifted in two years if a provider presents evidence that it meets the standard.     

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (www.CAEPnet.org) advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.  

About Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically black university offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,700 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State University, visit www.uncfsu.edu.