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CAEP Accreditation Options

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) offers institutions a choice among four options for accreditation. Each of the options requires institutions to meet CAEP's Standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation; each offers institutions a distinctive framework for accomplishing the work of accreditation.

Regardless of the accreditation option chosen, institutions that are members of CAEP must meet CAEP Eligibility Requirements. To be eligible for institutional membership in CAEP, an institution must:

  • Show evidence of regional or national accreditation by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or its equivalent (a copy of formal letter from the regional accreditor must be attached to the application).
  • Show evidence that graduates/completers are eligible for a credential (license, certificate, etc.) from the state (a copy of state program approval letter must be attached to the application).
  • Provide demographic information about enrollment, program completers and faculty in the application.
  • Provide links to the catalog, policies and procedures that guide educator preparation, including the published criteria for admission to and exit from all educator preparation programs.
  • Identify the CAEP accreditation option(s) to be pursued and agree to comply with relevant requirements.
  • Acknowledge that accreditation status will be disclosed per CAEP policy.
  • Be willing to provide all information requested by CAEP.
  • Submit a CAEP application form completed by dean/chair and signed by both the dean/chair and the president/CEO.
  • Pay required CAEP fees.

Once an institution has met the eligibility requirements, it becomes a member of CAEP and a candidate for accreditation. The institution has up to five years to achieve accreditation.

The Scope of CAEP Accreditation

Institutions seeking CAEP Accreditation must include all programs that prepare teachers or other educational professionals to work in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade settings.

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