PRESS RELEASE: Wells College Education Program Earns National Accreditation

PRESS RELEASE: Wells College Education Program Earns National Accreditation

(July 9, 2020, Fairfax Station, VA) – AAQEP has awarded full 7-year accreditation to the Wells College Education Program.

After reviewing the evidence collected through a process of self-study and peer review, the AAQEP Accreditation Commission issued the decision at its June 24 meeting along with the following rationale:

The programs presented compelling evidence that they meet all AAQEP standards. The evidence showed that program completers are prepared to work effectively as professional educators and that they are able to adapt to different contexts and to grow professionally. Program capacity to analyze and provide evidence for sustained actions and revisions on behalf of candidates was evident and sufficient to meet AAQEP standards, in particular through the depth of its qualitative investigation of its graduates’ experience. The program engages with stakeholders and partners to strengthen the P-20 education system through its local partnerships and alumni network.

“Congratulations to Wells College and to all of the faculty, staff, and stakeholders who have achieved their goal of national accreditation by AAQEP,” said AAQEP President and CEO Mark LaCelle-Peterson. “The program made a clear case for quality, thanks in part to its in-depth investigation of graduates’ professional experience.”

National accreditation assures the quality of professional preparation programs through a nongovernmental, nonregulatory process of self-study and peer review. This standards- and evidence-based process serves two broad aims: accountability and continuous improvement. The AAQEP model is also designed to honor local context and foster innovation and collaboration among institutions. AAQEP currently has members in 22 states and territories with 120 educator preparation providers participating in the accreditation system.



Founded in 2017, AAQEP is a membership association and quality assurance agency that provides accreditation services and formative support to all types of educator preparation providers. The organization promotes excellent, effective, and innovative educator preparation that is committed to evidence-based improvement in a collaborative professional environment. Visit for more information.

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