To be eligible for the Transformation Initiative accreditation pathway, a provider must be accredited without unmet standards and be able to show evidence in a Self-Study Report (SSR), outlined below, that it meets CAEP standards.  Providers seeking accreditation for the first time may be eligible for the Transformation Initiative under special circumstances.   All providers considering the Transformation Initiative pathway should confer with CAEP staff before proceeding with the process. In addition, providers must receive prior written support from their state education agency to engage in a Transformation Initiative project.   A copy of the Transformation Initiative RFP can be found below.

In general, the provider should submit its Transformation Initiative Plan as much as five years prior to the scheduled self-study report so that following agreement with CAEP there will be sufficient time to have the research project well under way by the time of the site visit.


The proposal should not exceed 25 pages in length and include the following four sections:

  1. Significance of the Project: In this part of the proposal, providers establish the rationale and significance for the study. This section should:
    1. Establish why this research is important
    2. Provide an overview of the intent of the study 
    3. Identify through a literature review the importance of the study and how the Transformation Initiative is grounded in the research.
    4. Identify how the study will contribute to the provider and the broader body of knowledge in education
    5. Provide a rationale for implementing the study
    6. Identify specific research question(s)

  2. Quality of the Research Design: The research plan should include:
    1. Research question(s) that:
        1. Are grounded in current research
        2. Are composed of terms that can be conceptualized and operationalized
        3. Can be used to structure further analysis
        4. Are focused and researchable
        5. Are aligned with the Significance of the Project, as described in the section above.
    2. Objectives
        1. For the research question(s), identify specific objectives for each phase of the research plan
        2. Objectives should be tied to interventions, strategies, or specific outcomes for each
        3. Objectives should denote key milestones of the Transformation Initiative and provide formative assessment of progress on implementation of the initiative
    3. Research methodology
        1. Researchers and other stakeholders (e.g., faculty, mentor teachers, p-12 students, etc.)
        2. Identifies who and how many were involved in the study including:
          1. Candidates
          2. Other stakeholders
          3. Faculty
          4. P-12 students
          5. Others
        3. Participant selection
          1. Volunteers
          2. Randomly selected
          3. Selected participants
          4. Groups of convenience
          5. Others
        4. Context of the setting
          1. Describe the context or setting of the study (public school, private school, PDS, university faculty, etc.)
          2. If a variety of settings are used, identify the context for each setting
    4. Research design
      1. Identify the type of research being conducted such as correlational, descriptive, qualitative, quasi-experimental, survey, etc.
      2. Identify the variables/constructs employed in the study
      3. Identify specific procedures to be used to analyze data
        1. Including any use of software
        2. Including any statistical measures used to analyze data
        3. Any qualitative methodology used (triangulation, etc.)
      4. Describe any instrument used
        1. Must include information on the validity and reliability of the instrument
        2. Provide rationale for selection of the instrument
        3. If the instrument is created by the provider for use in the study, identify how validity was established for the instrument
      5. Procedures
        1. Provide a complete description of how, when, and where the research will be conducted. In case of collaborative proposals, the roles and responsibilities of each party should be described
        2. Describe how and when data will be collected
        3. Describe how stakeholders will be involved in the research process
    5. Timeline
      1. Provide a timeline for each phase of the Transformation Initiative that identifies key milestones in the project
      2. Should include year by year actions, budgetary expenditures, and assessments of identified objectives
    6. Capacity to Conduct the Initiative
      1. A description of the provider’s or collaborative group’s capacity to conduct the Transformation Initiative.
        1. Includes complete budgetary estimates on cost for implementation of TI
        2. Identifies all needed resources
        3. Identifies personnel needs and any reassignment of responsibilities
        4. Identifies any travel cost for data collection, training, etc.
      2. Identify any need for outside consultants or expertise for the implementation of project