Statement by CAEP President Jim Cibulka on Pending Release of U.S. Department of Education Proposed Rules on Teacher Preparation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) looks forward to reviewing and commenting on the proposed regulations.

CAEP is the profession’s voice on quality teacher preparation. Our professional coalition is a big tent that includes over thirty organizations representing practitioners, state policymakers, teacher educators, and specialty area associations. Our profession took an unprecedented step last year when it unanimously adopted new rigorous standards for our field that will now be implemented through accreditation’s expert peer review process.

We appreciate the Department’s recognition of CAEP’s efforts to raise the bar in teacher preparation.

I would like to focus on the need for stronger data and evidence around quality teacher preparation. CAEP supports multiple measures that are valid, reliable, and fair, an approach widely endorsed by other organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.
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CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs Adopted

On June 5, 2014, at the CAEP Board of Directors meeting, the CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs, were approved and adopted. The Standards for Advanced Programs mirror the same principles of rigor, evidence and outcomes focus of the CAEP Standards.

The CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs were based on the recommendations provided by the Standards Standing Committee. Public review of a draft of the Standards for Advanced Programs supported the acceptance of the Standards as presented in the first draft. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Recognition

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) submitted an application to The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). On June 9-10, 2014, the committee reviewed the application and is recommending to the CHEA Board of Directors that CAEP be granted recognition. The recommendation from the committee will be considered and acted upon by the CHEA Board at its meeting on September 29-30, 2014.

If approved by the CHEA Board:

The scope of CAEP’s work is the accreditation of educator preparation providers at the certificate/licensure, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral levels in degree-granting institutions of higher education. This includes programs offered in the United States, including distance education programs.

CAEP has also submitted an application to be recognized by the United States Department of Education.

CAEP Presents Accreditation Certificate to Malaysian EPP

malaysian_accreditation_certificateWe were proud to present the Universiti Putra Malaysia’s accreditation certificate to Professor Fauzi Haji Ramlan, Vice Chancellor; Professor Ab Rahim Bakar, Dean of the Faculty of Education; and Mr. Wan Azman Wan Omar, Registrar (pictured) earlier this month when they were visiting Washington, D.C.
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CAEP Board Chair Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee

This afternoon, Mary Brabeck, Chair of the CAEP Board of Directors, delivered a statement before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The topic was “Teacher Preparation: Ensuring a Quality Teacher in Every Classroom,” and emphasized the “vital role that accreditation in educator preparation plays in informing policymakers, providers and candidates about the quality of preparation programs and whether the professional standards are being met.” To view the video from the hearing, visit the Senate HELP Committee site.
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CAEP Call for Service Open

Dear CAEP Colleague,

We are seeking volunteers in every area of our organization structure, from governance committee members to Accreditation Council members, site visitors, and feedback option reviewers.  We are committed to a governance and volunteer body that reflect the diversity of P-12 learners and are inclusive of affiliation and experience.  We honor our commitment to transparency by having clear, impartial ways of selecting individual for service, based on their qualifications.

In light of CAEP’s commitment to inclusivity and transparency, the nominating process allows for self-recommendation, as well as recommendation by organizations. Last year, CAEP received over 700 applications for just over 70 service opportunities.  Given the anticipated high volume of application submissions, please nominate a pool of high quality leaders within your organization so that CAEP’s volunteer pool reflects the diversity of affiliation and experience needed to advance its mission.
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