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Department of Education and Child Development


The theme/purpose of the conceptual framework undergirding the program is to produce graduates who are critical-thinking problem solvers with the knowledge, pedagogical and technological skills, and professional dispositions needed to function as effective teachers and leaders in a diverse world.


The program builds on the knowledge, skills, and values that students acquire through their liberal arts and science foundations. Teacher candidates graduating from the department will have the specialty area knowledge and professional dispositions, experiences, and skills, including technological skills, necessary for employment in their profession and for admission to graduate school. With the knowledge, skills, dispositions and experiences that candidates acquire, they will be able to function as competent and effective teachers and leaders who think critically and demonstrate effective problem-solving strategies that use technology to facilitate and enhance the learning of diverse students. 


North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (NCPTS) General  

  1. Teachers Demonstrate Leadership
  2. Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
  3. Teachers know the content they teach.
  4. Teachers facilitate learning for their students
  5. Teachers reflect on their practice


The Department of Education and Child Development at Shaw University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from November 3-6, 2019. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs  must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.