All educator preparation providers (EPPs) are required to solicit third-party comment on the quality of the EPP’s programs as part of the accreditation review process.

Third Party Comments

The EPP is required to solicit third party comment on its qualifications for accreditation as part of the accreditation review process. The EPP is required to provide evidence to CAEP within seven (7) days of such notice being posted. If an EPP does not provide evidence that it has sought third-party comment, CAEP reserves the right to reschedule the site review.

Not less than sixteen (16) weeks prior to the scheduled date of a site visit, both the EPP and CAEP must publicly announce the upcoming accreditation review and the date of the site review to provide time for interested stakeholders to make comments. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, full-time and adjunct faculty/educators, staff, candidates, cooperating teachers and/or mentors, completers, and employers.

CAEP accepts written comments from stakeholders up to six (6) weeks before the site visit and provides these comments to the EPP. The EPP can respond to any written comments received prior to the scheduled site review. The response must be received by CAEP no less than two (2) weeks prior to the site review. Third party comments and the EPP response, if any, are submitted in AIMS. (See Accreditation Policy.)

A sample of a Call for Comments notice is provided below. The statement may be modified by an EPP as appropriate:

The School of Education at XYZ University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on [date of visit]. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. 
Fall 2021 Site Visits
Alabama State University AL 11/21/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM
Athens State University AL 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Auburn University AL 12/5/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM
Averett University VA 10/17/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
Brigham Young University UT 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM
Case Western Reserve University OH 9/26/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM
Delta State University MS 10/3/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM
East Tennessee State University TN 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Eastern Connecticut State University CT 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Emporia State University KS 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
George Mason University VA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Georgia College and State University GA 10/3/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM
Greenville University IL 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Heidelberg University OH 10/29/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/29/2021 12:00:00 AM
Indiana University of Pennsylvania PA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce PR 8/29/2021 12:00:00 AM 8/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
James Madison University VA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
John Carroll University OH 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Lewis-Clark State College ID 12/12/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
Longwood University VA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Loyola University Chicago IL 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Mary Baldwin University VA 11/14/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
McPherson College KS 9/19/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
Michigan State University MI 10/10/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM
Middle Tennessee State University TN 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Milligan University TN 9/19/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
Minot State University ND 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Morris College SC 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM
Mount St. Joseph University OH 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Northeastern State University OK 11/2/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/2/2021 12:00:00 AM
Northwestern State University of Louisiana LA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Nova Southeastern University FL 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Ohio University OH 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Oral Roberts University OK 9/19/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
Pfeiffer University NC 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Queens College NY 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM
Salem University WV 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Shenandoah University VA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
South Dakota State University SD 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Southeast Missouri State University MO 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Spalding University KY 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
State Univ of New York at Potsdam NY 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Taylor University IN 10/10/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM
The Catholic University of America DC 12/12/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
The Ohio State University OH 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State University PA 12/12/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
The University of Alabama at Birmingham AL 12/12/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
The University of West Alabama AL 11/14/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
Universidad Ana G. Méndez- Recinto de Carolina PR 10/17/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Pikeville KY 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon PR 12/5/2021 12:00:00 AM 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla PR 11/21/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Saint Mary KS 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of South Dakota SD 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Southern California CA 10/17/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Southern Maine ME 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga TN 1/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 1/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
University of the Virgin Islands VI 1/30/2022 12:00:00 AM 2/1/2022 12:00:00 AM
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University VA 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
Webster University MO 11/14/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
West Virginia State University WV 11/7/2021 12:00:00 AM 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
Western Carolina University NC 9/12/2021 12:00:00 AM 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM
Xavier University OH 10/24/2021 12:00:00 AM 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM