Stephen J. Meyer, PhD

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer with CAEP?  

A: As part of my work with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central, I had collaborated with several educational preparation programs (EPPs) and state education agencies (SEAs) that were exploring new ways to examine program implementation and outcomes. CAEP’s standards and its focus on program outcomes very much aligned with EPP and SEA priorities at the time. Collaborating with CAEP and its Research Committee members offered an opportunity to learn about and pursue shared priorities.


Q: Why did you choose to become a member of the Research Committee?  

A: I wanted to learn more about the how CAEP drew upon research to inform ongoing development and revision of its standards and accreditation procedures and contribute to this work. I also wanted to connect with colleagues working on similar issues.

Q: What has been the best part of your CAEP experience?  

A: Collaborating with Research Committee members and CAEP staff, keeping up to date with substantial research progress related to understanding implementation and outcomes of EPPs, and being able to contribute to research-based guidance used by CAEP to inform its work.


Q: What would you tell someone who was thinking about volunteering at CAEP?  

A: Participating in the Research Committee has been a great opportunity to engage with smart and committed people who care very much about teacher preparation.


Q: What would you advise someone who was thinking about taking their EPP through the CAEP Accreditation process? 

A: I’ve found CAEPCon to be a very useful experience—to both learn about research, big picture questions related to teacher preparation, and practical considerations such as those related to collecting and analyzing data and preparing for the accreditation process.