CAEP’s LaCelle-Peterson to Join AACTE’s Leadership Team July 1

AACTE President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson announced Friday that Mark LaCelle-Peterson, senior vice president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), will join AACTE’s staff as vice president for policy and programs July 1.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to AACTE,” Robinson said. “He knows the work of our membership very well, and we are eager to bring his expertise to the Association’s programs.”

LaCelle-Peterson will provide strategic and operational leadership for AACTE’s Policy and Programs Department. The position is a member of the senior management team that is instrumental in developing and executing the overall strategic goals of the Association. Managing a team consisting of staff and consultants, LaCelle-Peterson will provide program and policy leadership and will develop high-level activities to showcase and support the work of the Association.

Among other initiatives in LaCelle-Peterson’s portfolio are AACTE’s inaugural Research Fellowship, the newly assembled Educator Workforce Advisory Task Force, and efforts related to edTPA and other emerging educator performance assessments. He also will oversee the Association’s 2014 legislative priorities including educator preparation-related appropriations, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and advancing the profession’s agenda on federal regulations affecting teacher preparation.

In his current position at CAEP, LaCelle-Peterson directs core operations including programmatic accreditation, license-level program review, state and member relations, meetings and events, human resources, and administration. He also works closely with state policy makers and institutions to develop effective collaboration across sectors in accreditation processes.

Prior to the formation of CAEP, LaCelle-Peterson served as president of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which he joined as a staff auditor in 2008 before becoming vice president in 2009 and president in 2011. He was a key member of the joint TEAC/NCATE design team that spearheaded the development of CAEP.

LaCelle-Peterson previously served as a researcher, faculty member, and administrator in educator preparation programs in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota and his Ed.M. and Ed.D. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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