The accreditation status of an educator preparation program (EPP) in Texas is determined at least annually, based on performance standards established in rule by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). There are five levels of accreditation status listed from the highest to the lowest: (1) Accredited, (2) Accredited-Not Rated, (3) Accredited-Warned, (4) Accredited-Probation, (5) Not Accredited-Revoked Status.
The Educator Preparation Program at Sam Houston State University is rated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as Accredited, the highest accreditation status, indicating the EPP has met the Texas Education Code (TEC) accountability performance standards and has been approved by the SBEC to prepare, train, and recommend candidates for certification.
The Accredited EPP at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) also received Commendations in the following areas:
- Educator Preparation Curriculum, Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 228.30
- Program Delivery and Ongoing Support — Preparation Program Coursework and/or Training, Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 228.35
- Program Evaluation, Assessment and Evaluation of Candidates for Certification and Program Improvement, Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 228.40
The continuing approval of an educator preparation program (EPP) to recommend candidates for educator certification, will be based upon the EPP's accreditation status and compliance with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules regarding program admissions, operations, coursework, training, recommendation for certification, and the integrity of required data submissions (TEA, 2011).