CAEP Key Assessments

CAEP Key Assessments

Key assessments are required assessment for each licensure program. They provide evidence of candidate performance. These data are analyzed and interpreted by each licensure program and used to revise/improve the program. Reports of candidate performance are used to generate annual documentation for accreditation and national recognition of each program and to make data-informed changes as needed. The data from the programs are also aggregated and the results are used to evaluate and improve our College. Evidence of the competence of the Miami pre-service educators is presented to the State of Ohio, and also documented in reports such as the U.S.News & World Report; NCTQ Ratings, and others.

There are eight key assessments in Special Education. A listing, course in which the assessment occurs, and a brief description follows.

  1. Personal Philosophy (EDP 220): Completed in the first course, this statement serves as a backbone of students’ teaching. The expectation is that students will keep revising their philosophies as they are shaped by their experiences in our program.
  2. Clinical Reflection (EDP 459): Completed during the junior special education practicum, this reflection assists students in structuring their experiences around the guiding principles in our field.
  3. Behavior Intervention (EDP 496): Also completed during the junior practicum, this intervention walks students through the process of describing behavior, identifying causes and effects, and implementing a plan to shape that behavior through targeted intervention.
  4. IEP (EDP 495): Also completed during the junior practicum, this assignment involves students in writing an IEP based on a real student that they select. This assignment is crucial, as writing IEPs is a major stressor for beginning special educators.
  5. Lesson Plan (EDP 471): The lesson plan is completed during students’ capstone senior year. This class involves students in an after-school reading tutoring program at a local elementary school. The Lesson Plan is completed in the context of this experience. 
  6. Student Teaching Evaluation (EDP 419): Students are assessed on their performance in student teaching, the most important learning experience they will have in our program.
  7. /8. Licensure Assessments: We also collect data on student performance on assessments that are required for licensure, including the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment), which is completed during student teaching, and the Ohio Assessments for Educators.