AACTE President’s Message on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AACTE Responds to COVID-19

AACTE has been closely monitoring information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of the faculty, staff, and students within Colleges of Education. AACTE stands ready to support the educator preparation community as we all cope with this global crisis.

We have received notifications that some universities are transitioning classes to an online platform while others have canceled all classes for the remaining semester to ensure the safety of their students. We realize that this will impact clinical practice requirements and other criteria teacher candidates must complete for graduation. This is indeed a challenging time.

Because this is an evolving situation, your leadership teams may still be deliberating the best next steps for your educator preparation programs. I would like you to know that AACTE is providing updates on the coronavirus from the U.S. Department of Education and other helpful resources on Ed Prep Matters. In addition, we would like to hear from you on how the coronavirus is impacting your programs and how you are addressing the various challenges you encounter. Please email us at communications@aacte.org and stay tuned for more ways to share what’s happening at your institution.

Health and safety efforts vary across states, campuses, and locales, so we strongly recommend you follow the precautionary steps outlined by your university system. AACTE values equitable and inclusive practices and encourages you to take special care of our vulnerable students during this time.

Please visit aacte.org for more updates, and I will keep in touch with you.

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Lynn M. Gangone

President and CEO, AACTE