Educational Assessment & Accreditation FAQs

1.  What is assessment & accreditation, and why does it matter to me?

An important factor in realizing a successful career is choosing a reputable college. Colleges that have been through the accreditation process are more likely to offer degrees that employers and recruiters recognize.  For this purpose, accreditation enables companies to filter those individuals who have obtained a degree from an accredited institution from those who have not. The accreditation process also offers students a better chance of having their credits transfered to other reputable institutions should they decide to obtain a graduate or doctoral level education.

2.  How do I know if UNC Charlotte is accredited by a reputable agency?

You can find more information on this at the main UNC Charlotte's Office of Assessment & Accreditation's website.

You can also find a wealth of information on accrediting bodies at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's website. CHEA is recognized as an advocate and institutional voice for self regulation of academic quality through accreditation.

3.  What are some of the basic statistics of the UNC Charlotte College of Education?

  • How many students are there?  In the 2014-2015 school year, there were 1,566 newly enrolled students.  There were 2,423 students taking classes in the Fall 2014 semester; there were 2,247 students taking classes in the Spring 2015 semester; and there were 1,491 student who took classes during the 2015 summer schedule.
  • What is the average class size?  Around 20-30 students.
  • What is the average GPA?  The average GPA in the College of Education for the 2014-2015 school year was 3.2 (out of a 4.0).
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    There is also a wealth of information on the UNC Dashboard.

4.  What types of field experiences should I expect?

Field experiences will vary by program.  Please see the Office of Field Experiences webpage for more information.

5.  What types of testing requirements are there, and what are the licensure requirements?

Testing and licensure requirements will vary by program.  Please see the Office of Teacher Education, Advising, Licensure, and Recruitment (TEALR) for more information.

6.  How do I know I'll be prepared to teach when I graduate?

  • The College of Education uses a variety of metrics to ensure you are fully prepared to successfully teach.  Each of our candidates completes a national performance assessment called edTPA.  The edTPA is an evaluation of Planning, Instructing, and Assessment Tasks. These are among the most critical elements of effective teaching.  
  • Our college also collects alumni and employment data from our graduates. This data provides the college with critical information for program improvement.  Based on this data we are confident that our graduates are not only prepared but excel in the classroom.
  • Data from the NC Department of Public Instruction demonstrates the effectiveness of our graduates. Over the last 3 years over 95% of our graduates were shown to be proficient or above on their in-service performance evaluation and over 85% met or exceeded student growth on standardized achievement tests in their classrooms.
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  • Our alumni complete multiple surveys regarding their preparation. The results overwhelmingly suggest our graduates are highly satisfied with the quality of their education and their preparation to teach.

7.  Where might I expect to work?

The college hosts two job fairs during the academic year for candidates who are graduating. The vast majority of our graduates are licensed in public schools throughout North Carolina (94%).  The top 3 employers of UNC Charlotte completers from the 2014-2015 school year were: (1) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools, (2) Cabarrus County Schools, and (3) Union County Schools. Some graduates choose to teach outside of North Carolina and some choose professions outside of education or continue on to graduate school.
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