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.

Both the EPP and CAEP are required to announce the upcoming site visit to communities of interest including, but not limited to, full-time and adjunct faculty/educators in the EPP, staff, candidates, cooperating teachers and/or mentors, completers, and employers prior to the scheduled date of the site visit. CAEP receives written testimony up to one month before the accreditation decision. The EPP is given the opportunity to respond to any written comments received prior to the site visit. Third-party testimony and the EPP response, if any, become part of the data that the site team considers as it conducts the site visit.

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 visiting 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 EPP (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

Site Visitors
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, units must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education unit 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.

Letters of comment should be received no later than March 1, 2017 for institutions with visits in Spring 2017.

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

Spring 2017 State
Angelo State University
College of Education
Avila University School of Education MO
Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program NY
California State University East Bay Professional Education Unit CA
California State University, San Bernardino College of Education CA
Christopher Newport University Teacher Preparation Program VA
College of Staten Island/CUNY Department of Education NY
Concordia University Department of Education MN
Dallas Baptist University The Dorothy M. Bush College of Education TX
Dowling College School of Education NY
Fort Hays State University College of Education KS
Franciscan University of Steubenville Education Department OH
Harris-Stowe State University College of Education MO
Howard University School of Education DC
Indiana University - Bloomington School of Education IN
Louisiana State University in Shreveport College of Business, Education & Human Development, School of Education LA
Louisiana Tech University College of Education LA
Lyon College Liberal Arts Teacher Education Committee AR
Malone University School of Education OH
Millikin University School of Education IL
Montana State University-Billings College of Education MT
New Mexico State University College of Education NM
Niagara University College of Education NY
Northern Arizona University Professional Education Programs AZ
Northern Michigan University School of Education, Leadership & Public Service MI
Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Teacher Education OK
Ouachita Baptist University Michael D. Huckabee School of Education AR
Our Lady of Holy Cross College  Education Department LA
Roosevelt University College of Education  IL
Salem College  Education Department NC
Southeastern Oklahoma State University School of Education and Behavioral Sciences OK
Southern Adventist University School of Education and Psychology TN
Southern University and A&M College College of Education LA 
Tennessee State University Professional Education Unit TN
The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education OH
The University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services VT
Thomas More College Education Department KY
Trine University Franks School of Education IN
Universidad De Puerto Rico De Cayey Department of Pedagogy PR
Universidad De Puerto Rico De Humacao   PR
Universidad De Puerto Rico De Mayagüez Teacher Prep. Program of Sec. Schools PR
University of Alaska Anchorage College of Education AK
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith School of Education AR
University of Denver Morgridge College of Education CO
University of Florida College of Education FL
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Professional Education Unit MD
University of New Haven Education Department CT
University of North Texas College of Education TX
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Department of Education PR
University of Saint Francis Department of Education IN
Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education & Human Development TN
Wayne State College School of Education & Counseling NE
Wayne State University College of Education MI
Wichita State University College of Education KS
Wilmington College Department of Education OH
Youngstown State University Beeghly College of Education OH