Peggy Doss

Dr. Peggy Doss, dean of the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s School of Education, has been named to a seven-member committee which will review and rewrite the state’s agreement with a national accrediting agency for teacher preparation programs.

The committee is called the Arkansas Department of Education / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Partnership Committee and is chaired by Dr. Mike Lucas of ADE.

Doss joins Lucas and the deans of education from UA-Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, Lyon College, Ouachita Baptist University, and Southern Arkansas University to revise the current state partnership with NCATE, which will soon become CAEP.

CAEP is the result of a merger of the nation’s two principal accrediting agencies for teacher preparation programs – the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
“Every state has a partnership between the state and its accrediting agency,” explained Doss. “Arkansas’ partnership with NCATE was about to expire and now, with the two primary accrediting agencies merging, it’s time to review our previous agreement and create a new one that reflects the priorities of the new accrediting agency.”

According to Doss, the state partnership program with NCATE was established to integrate state and national professional educator preparation standards, increase the rigor of teacher education reviews, and reduce the expense and duplication of effort that occur when states and NCATE conduct two separate reviews. In 2000, the state partnership program expanded to include a commitment by NCATE and its partner states to align state teacher education standards with NCATE’s national professional standards for professional teacher preparation.

“Some states often defer to NCATE standards or use them in their own standard-setting process,” said Doss. “Many states rely on NCATE’s program review process.”

Currently, 39 states have adopted or adapted NCATE standards as their own and apply them to all institutions for the purposes of state approval.

The boards of NCATE and TEAC agreed in 2010 to create a new accrediting organization to consolidate the work of both agencies and create an agency to enable the education profession to speak with one voice concerning the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other P-12 professional educators. The transition to CAEP is expected to be completed by December 2012.

Doss served as both a public school teacher and administrator before joining the UAM faculty in 1993.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree from UAM, a master’s degree in elementary education from UA-Fayetteville, a master’s in gifted and talented education from UALR, and an educational doctorate, also from UALR.