CAEP 2013 Standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Download CAEP 2013 Accreditation Standards (PDF)

On August 29, 2013, the CAEP Board of Directors approved new accreditation standards based on consensus recommendations from the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. CAEP requires that educator preparation providers (EPPs) seeking accreditation complete a self study and host a site visit, during which site visitors determine whether or not the provider meets CAEP standards based on evidence of candidate performance, use of data in program self-improvement, and EPP capacity and commitment to quality.

In completing its standards-focused self study, a provider selects one of three pathways: Continuous Improvement (CI), Inquiry Brief (IB), or Transformation Initiative (TI). EPPs with accreditation visits scheduled for January 2014 through Spring 2016 may choose to write the self study and host the visit with (1) NCATE Standards or TEAC Quality Principles only (called legacy visits); (2) NCATE Standards or TEAC Quality Principles and CAEP’s new standards (called dual accreditation); or (3) CAEP’s new standards only (called CAEP pilots).

Annual Reporting and CAEP Monitoring
Levels of Accreditation Decisions

Related Links
Interim CAEP Standards
Press Release on the Final Standards
CAEP Accreditation Standards and Evidence: Aspirations for Educator Preparation

13 thoughts on “CAEP 2013 Standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation

  1. It’s unclear if the CAEP Accreditation Standards and Evidence pdf linked at bottom is the final version approved by the Board Aug 29. I’m wanting to have a printable version of all the final approved standards rather than just hyperlinks and webpages for each standard. Thanks.

    • Trinity is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The School of Education has legacy accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), including Trinity’s teacher preparation programs, counseling programs, and educational administration programs. All programs offered by the School of Education are also approved by the DC State Education Agency (OSSE) and meet requirements for state certification. Please visit for additional information.

  2. Should evidence for Standard 4 come solely from candidates after they complete the program? Or should we also include multiple, formative measures during the programs that demonstrate the impact of candidates on P-12 student learning and development, classroom instruction, and schools?

      • Thank you for your reply. Should the multiple measures for Standard 4 all come from program completers or can some measures come from candidates still in the program?

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