The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), founded in 1997, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators, those who will teach and lead in schools, pre-K through grade 12. TEAC’s goal is to support the preparation of competent, caring, and qualified professional educators.
TEAC’s primary work is accrediting undergraduate and graduate professional education programs in order to assure the public about the quality of college and university programs. The education program, not the college, school, department or other administrative unit of the institution, receives TEAC accreditation.
TEAC’s entire accreditation process is built around the program’s case that it prepares competent, caring, and qualified professional educators. TEAC requires the program to have evidence to support its case, and the accreditation process examines and verifies the evidence.
TEAC’s membership represents education programs within a broad range of higher education institutions, from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities, and includes professional organizations.
Institutions that wish to pursue accreditation for their programs hold candidate membership in TEAC. Affiliate membership is granted to institutions that support the TEAC agenda but do not wish to pursue accreditation for any of their programs, and it is granted similarly to agencies, organizations, or individuals.
TEAC conducts meetings and workshops for its members to share information about innovation in program design and effectiveness. TEAC is an advocate for improvements in professional education programs based on research and confirmed scholarship.
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditation, the American Council on Education, Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
Dues and member fees support TEAC’s work. Since its founding, TEAC has also received funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the John M. Olin Foundation, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, an anonymous donor, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
TEAC has offices in Washington, DC, and in Newark, Delaware, on the campus of the University of Delaware, and satellite offices in Missouri, New York, and Virginia.