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AACTE Board of Directors Resolution on CAEP

On February 26, the AACTE Board of Directors unanimously passed the following resolution regarding the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP):

“The Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) reiterates its support for a single, unified professional accreditation system for educator preparation programs.  Further, AACTE is committed to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). However, the AACTE Board also reiterates its ongoing, significant concern about the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and asserts that there is a ‘crisis of confidence’ with respect to CAEP. Specific concerns are related to the accreditation standards, process for accreditation, costs associated with accreditation, the capacity of CAEP to implement the accreditation system and the representativeness of the CAEP governance structure.”

AACTE and its member institutions have consistently attempted to communicate with CAEP about these issues and concerns in the past. We hope to spur an open dialogue to work toward improving professional accreditation and its processes.

The AACTE Board has shared this resolution with the CAEP leadership.

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Julie Underwood

Chair, AACTE Board of Directors, and Dean, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Comments (4)

  • Aaron Levine


    Thank you AACTE! I have been waiting for such a resolution, and I am now reassured that the voices of teacher educators are being heard.


  • Beth Pateman


    I strongly support this resolution. We have voiced growing concerns at CAEP conferences and during a recent CAEP leadership visit to Hawaii. I value the clear stance and leadership of the AACTE Board of Directors. Thank you!


  • Gloria Pelaez


    I wholeheartedly support this resolution. There are growing concerns about CAEP’s vision and lack of faith in teacher preparation programs. CAEP seems to have embraced the current political narrative that all the problems associated with K-12 education may be traced to those who prepare teachers. Thank you.


  • Dottie Erb


    Thank you for passing this resolution. As a longtime supporter of national accreditation and accountability for teacher education, I was initially encouraged by the promise to move to a single accrediting body with an emphasis on rigorous standards. It does not appear, however, that the current structure of CAEP, the nature of the adopted standards, and CAEP’s tendency to bow to the whims of politicians will allow that promise to be fulfilled. If this isn’t fixed and fixed soon, there may be a number of very good institutions who decide to opt out of this flawed accreditation process.


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