ACEI NCATE/CAEP Connection
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is a constituent member organization of the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE), now transitioned into the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)*. ACEI serves as a specialized professional association (SPA) responsible for the Program Review Process for institutions seeking national accreditation in elementary education. ACEI members serve on various committees and boards of CAEP and as program reviewers for the accreditation process. ACEI and other member organizations that presently form NCATE/CAEP represent teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, and school specialists. The overall mission of the coalition is to set national standards that help ensure quality and credibility in teacher preparation programs. To accomplish this mission, NCATE/CAEP is striving to link teacher preparation approval standards with state student standards, state licensure requirements, and requirements for advanced certification.
As of July 2013, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the sole accreditor of educator preparation in the United States, serving more than 900 educator preparation providers accredited by NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). New CAEP standards for Accreditation of Educator Preparation have been developed by the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. CAEP staff are hard at work developing all the necessary supporting materials in order for the new standards to be ready for release in January 2014.
Educator preparation providers are reminded that their accreditation remains with NCATE or TEAC until such time as they come up for review under CAEP and, as such, should continue to use the appropriate logos to reflect their proper accreditation status. CAEP standards will become the norm as early as spring 2016 (date of self-study submission).
For more information related to the transition process please visit the CAEP website.
Congratulations to the programs
that have received accreditation.
A complete list can be found here.
If your institution is continuing to use NCATE standards for national
recognition in a specialized area, please contact your specialized
professional association for updates on the standards that are currently
in use. Many SPAs have new standards or are in the process of developing new standards. Please be informed that ACEI is currently developing new standards. To locate specific information on ACEI's standards for national recognition in elementary education please refer to: