Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
The boards of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) met in Washington, DC, on Friday, October 22, and voted unanimously to consolidate educator accreditation under a new agency, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
CAEP goals are to raise the performance of candidates as practitioners in the nation’s P-12 schools and to raise standards for the evidence the field relies on to supports its claims of quality. By meeting these goals, NCATE and TEAC leaders believe they will raise the stature of the profession.
The three standards CAEP will hold programs (or units) accountable for are:
- Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for effective work in schools.
- Data drive decisions about candidates and programs.
- Resources and practices support candidate learning.
CAEP will offer four accreditation options through its two commissions: Continuous Improvement, Inquiry Brief, Internal Academic Audit, and Transformational Initiative. Regardless of the option a preparation program chooses to follow, it will provide evidence (1) that it meets the three CAEP standards, (2) that there is a functioning quality control system used to collect and analyze valid and reliable evidence of candidate learning, and (3) that program planning and decisions are based on evdience of candidate learning.
For more detailed information about CAEP, please see:
The new website for CAEP is located at www.caepsite.org.