Quality Indicators and Accreditation

Our Mission

The Washburn University Department of Education seeks to facilitate the education and development of reflective educators along the professional continuum, from preservice to nationally certified teachers, as well as individuals in educational leadership positions. We are committed to preparing educators to work in rural, suburban, and urban settings. We are further committed to educating leaders and professional specialty practitioners for leadership roles in schools and other community settings. We believe it is important for these professional educators to:

a) be inner directed, reflective, and optimistic about the influence of education on the lives of learners;

b) have a well-rounded education in the liberal arts and sciences that aids their ability to engage in critical and reflective thought;

c) have high standards as effective and caring educators;

d) be leaders and agents of change within schools;

e) be knowledgeable of current curriculum, materials, and technology;

f) communicate effectively;

g) be open to and accepting of diversity among people;

h) establish effective learning environments;

i) work collaboratively with school staff, families, and the community;

j) be a part of a community of learners, viewing themselves as both teachers and learners in a variety of educational environments.

Additional Information


The Washburn University Department of Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

CAEP Standards for Initial Licensure Preparation

  1. Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  2. Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  3. Candidate Recruitment, Progression, and Support
  4. Program Impact
  5. Quality Assurance System and Continuous Improvement

CAEP Standards for Advanced-Level Preparation

  1. Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  2. Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  3. Candidate Quality and Selectivity
  4. Satisfaction with Preparation
  5. Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Education

Department of Education
Education Building, Room 156
1731 SW Plass Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1427

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