Accreditation and Assessment - Coastal Carolina University
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Accreditation and Assessment

The South Carolina Department of Education approves all programs in the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences. The following programs are also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)

The initial licensure programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English/Language Arts Education
  • General Science Education
  • Middle-Level Education
  • Music Education (Offered through the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences)
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary Mathematics Education 
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education

The advanced licensure program:

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
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Accreditation and Assessment are important processes within the Spadoni College of Education, allowing opportunities for growth and reflection as it relates to program practices and preparing teacher education candidates to enter the classroom. The Spadoni College of Education uses assessment practices to analyze both candidate performance and evaluate how to improve our own teaching methodologies.

Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) and State Review

The Spadoni College of Education’s programs has earned recognition from their SPAs or South Carolina State program review. Such recognition identifies that the candidates are taught and expected to apply content, assessment, and pedagogical knowledge appropriate to their grade level or subject matter specialization. The program SPAs or state review are as follows:

Program name
Degree Recognition by
Building - Principals 
Master National Education Leadership Preparation (NELP)
Early Childhood Education 
Baccalaureate  State of South Carolina
Elementary Education 
Baccalaureate   State of South Carolina  
English/Language Arts Education 
Master  National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 
General Science Education 
Master  State of South Carolina
Middle-Level Education 
Baccalaureate   Association for Middle-Level Education (AMLE) 
Music Education 
Baccalaureate National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 
Physical Education 
Baccalaureate   SHAPE America-Physical Education 
Secondary Mathematics Education 
Master  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 
Social Studies Education
Master  State of South Carolina
Special Education
Baccalaureate   Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 


* I - Initial
* A - Advanced Program