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 visit.

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 visit 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 visit. The response must be received by CAEP no less than two (2) weeks prior to the site visit. Third party comments and the EPP response, if any, are submitted in AIMS. (See Accreditation Policy on Accreditation Resources page)

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 site 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:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

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. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

The professional education units at the following institutions are being considered for accreditation:

Spring 2018 State
American InterContinental University School of Education IL
Appalachian Bible College Elementary Education WV
Baldwin Wallace University School of Education OH
Ball State University Teachers College IN
Bethune-Cookman University School of Education FL
Black Hills State University School of Education SD
Boston College Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education MA
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
School of Education NY
Capella University Professional Education Unit MN
Clarkson University Department of Education NY
Concordia College  Department of Education NY
Creighton University Education Department NE
Davis & Elkins College Education Department WV
Eastern Illinois University College of Education and Professional Studies
Hampton University School of Liberal Arts and Education VA
Hastings College Education Department NE
Henderson State University Teacher College, Henderson AR
Indiana Institute of Technology School of Education IN
John Brown University Department of Teacher Education AR
Lindsey Wilson College Education Division KY
Louisiana State University at Alexandria
Department of Education LA
Louisiana Tech University College of Education LA
Manhattanville College School of Education NY
MidAmerica Nazarene University
School of Education  KS
Midwestern State University West College of Education TX
Missouri Baptist University Education Division MO
Mount Saint Mary College Division of Education NY
New York College of Technology Career and Technology Teacher Education
North Greenville University Education Division SC
Northern Kentucky University College of Education and Human SErvices KY
Notre Dame College Division of Professional Education OH
Ohio Valley University School of Education WV
Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Teacher Education OK
Sacred Heart University Isabelle Farrington College of Education
Salem College Education Department NC
Southern Arkansas University College of Education AR
Southern Nazarene University School of Education OK
Spring Arbor University School of Education MI
SUNY Cortland
Professional Education Unit NY
Syracuse University School of Education NY
Tabor College Teacher Education Committee KS
Tennessee Technological University
College of Education TN
Trine University Franks School of Education IN
University of Alaska Anchorage College of Education AK
University of Alaska Fairbanks UAF School of Education AK
University of Bridgeport Education Department CT
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education MO
University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences NE
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education NC
University of Saint Joseph School of Education CT
University of South Carolina Upstate School of Education NC
Washburn University Department of Education KS
Western Governors University Teachers College UT
Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Sciences KY
Western New Mexico University School of Education NM
Wilmington College Department of Education OH