Education Accreditation Information

The Rockhurst University teacher education programs are approved on the national level through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of ten years, from 2011 through 2021. For the next accreditation cycle, the School of Education will be seeking national accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). We are accredited on the state level by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Below you will find information related to our accreditation processes and standards. All Rockhurst teacher education courses are aligned to all sets of standards outlined below.

Standards and Frameworks at the Foundation of the Curriculum

  • Rockhurst University Teacher Education Program Goals
    • Goal 1: To develop educators who have discipline-specific content knowledge.
    • Goal 2: To develop educators who plan and utilize innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies. 
    • Goal 3: To develop educators who can assess and adjust teaching methods according to the needs of individual learners.
    • Goal 4: To develop educators who gain awareness and feel empowered to work within diverse settings.
  • Rockhurst University Teacher Education Conceptual Framework
  • Rockhurst University Learning Themes
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher Standards
  • InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
  • CAEP Standards

School of Education Annual Reporting Measures


As part of the CAEP Accreditation Annual Report, the Rockhurst University School of Education provides the public with important information about the impact of teacher education program completers and the program curriculum. The following sections provide this information, known as the 8 Annual Reporting Measures, arranged by Program Impact Measures; Program Outcome Measures; and Consumer Information. 

Program Impact Measures

  1. P-12 Learning Impact
  2. Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
  3. Employer Satisfaction
  4. Graduate Satisfaction

Program Outcome Measures

  1. Graduation Rates
  2. Graduate Success in Attaining Certification
  3. Employment of Graduates

Consumer Information

  1. Student Loan Default Rates & Institutional Consumer Information


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires a yearly report from all teacher education programs called the Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPP). This system of accountability provides information for certification accreditation and for teacher preparation programs to use for continuous improvement. View the Rockhurst University School of Education Annual Performance Report.