The Catholic University of America, the national university of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, was founded in 1887 with the purpose of contributing to the advancement of knowledge through research and to the progress of people and society. Today it works as an institution to assure a Christian presence in the academic world to confront the great problems of society and culture. Catholic University, an academic community of teaching, learning, research, and service, was founded on the following core values: faith upon which Catholic University was established; scholarship of the highest quality; excellence in research, teaching, learning, and service; integrity as intellectual honesty and personal moral accountability; respect for all people; freedom in the search for truth; responsibility for Catholic University’s unique character, purpose, and mission; and confidence in Catholic University’s identity, vision, mission, and values.

Founded in 1908, the Department of Education houses the Educator Preparation Provider. The vision of the Educator Preparation Provider echoes that of the university through its goal of preparing future educators who embody the core values of personal faith, scholarship, excellence, integrity, respect and confidence (USCCB, 1995). By building upon the rich legacy and nationwide reputation of Catholic University, we strive to maintain a leading role in teacher education for Catholic, private, public, and charter schools. We envision that our candidates leave our programs as professional and reflective educators who distinguish themselves as educators equipped with all necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to fulfill their mission as teachers.

Best Practices:

  • Small classes taught by highly qualified, dedicated, full-time faculty - 100% hold doctorate and professional degrees.
  • Fieldwork is carefully aligned to coursework with practical applications of theory to practice throughout each program of studies culminating in student teaching with over 400 hours of teaching.
  • Candidates complete two professional semesters before student teaching under the mentorship of cooperating teachers in the real world of teaching.
  • Secondary Education majors have a joint major in their respective discipline and education and receive field supervision from both content and education professors.
  • The student/faculty ratio for supervised practice teaching is 1.3/1.
  • Catholic University's Reflective Conceptual Framework, developed and refined through research and practice by faculty, is carefully aligned to program, goals, objectives and national standards and helps candidates consider the moral and ethical issues in teaching all students including those with special needs.

Notable Features:

  • Catholic University's Education Unit has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its successor, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), since 1975 and has state approved programs for licensure since 1989.
  • Catholic University has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1921.
  • Catholic University is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
  • Catholic University's education programs are nationally recognition by CAEP and the respective Specialized Professional Associations.
  • Highly commended by NCATE for "use of a conceptual, reflective teacher education framework with an emphasis on reflection and with participation of the professional community including students, teachers, and school administrators.  The students of CUA have chosen an excellent environment to achieve success in their higher education life."
  • Highly commended by the District of Columbia (State) for "A conscious outreach to serve the community, the District of Columbia Public Schools and the schools of the Archdiocese of Washington; the level of collaboration and involvement of faculty from the liberal arts, drama, art and music who provide joint advisement and supervision of student interns; responsiveness, innovation and risk taking in projects, grants and programs."
  • The Special Education Program was developed through a federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education and received recognition as a model for the development of special educators for Catholic schools and urban schools.
  • The Early Childhood Special Education program is supported by funds from the US Department of Education; offers dual licensure in early childhood and early childhood special education and has a particular but not exclusive emphasis on serving the Spanish-speaking community in DC.