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Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

An affiliate of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) that has accredited professional education programs since it was founded in 1997. TEAC consolidated with NCATE in 2013 to form CAEP.

Teacher Enhancement Program. A post baccalaureate program for licensed teachers.

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA).

An ongoing process for measuring teacher candidates’ performance. CAEP expects these assessments to be validated based on state and national professional standards, to be reliably scored by trained evaluators, and to be used for continuous improvement of educator preparation. 

Teach-out Agreement.

An agreement between accredited educator preparation providers (EPPs) and its candidates that will provide a reasonable opportunity for candidates to complete their program of study if the EPP stops offering its educational program before all enrolled candidates have completed the program.

Teach-out Plan.

A written document that describes the process for the equitable treatment of candidates when an educator preparation provider (EPP) ceases to operate a program before all candidates have completed their courses of study. 

Team Chair. See Lead Site Visitor.


The tools and techniques available through computers, the Internet, telecommunications, and multimedia that are used by educator preparation providers (EPPs) for instruction and the input, storing, processing, and analyzing of data in quality assurance systems. Educator candidates should be able to demonstrate that they use technology to work effectively with students to support student learning.

Third-party Comment.

Testimony from members of the professional community or the public about the quality of the educator preparation provider (EPP) and its programs.

Time Frames for Achieving Compliance. The maximum number of years an educator preparation provider (EPP) has to come into compliance when its accreditation cycle is less than seven years or CAEP finds a violation of its standards has occurred.

Title II.

A requirement of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 that educator preparation providers (EPPs) report the performance of teacher candidates on state licensure tests along with other data. 

Title IV.

A requirement of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and its predecessor that colleges and universities must be accredited by an institutional  accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education for their students to be eligible for federal financial aid.


The formal and informal preparation of Board members, Council members, Commission members, site visitors, volunteers, consultants, and staff for their CAEP roles and responsibilities. 

Transformation Initiative (TI) Commission. The CAEP governing body that is responsible for determining the standards that are met by an educator preparation provider (EPP) in the transformation initiative pathway.

Transformation Initiative (TI) Pathway.

One of the three CAEP accreditation pathways, Transformation Initiative, in which evidence shows that standards are met and the educator preparation provider (EPP) is engaged in research related to educator preparation that will inform the profession.

Transformation Initiative Self Study. The process undertaken by an educator preparation provider (EPP) to evaluate itself against the CAEP standards and the resulting document that makes the EPP’s case for meeting the standards under the TI pathway and reports its TI research and findings.

Transparency. Openness in communications about the accreditation process, documents prepared for accreditation, and the outcomes of the accreditation review.