All educator preparation providers (EPPs) are required to solicit third-party comment on the quality of the EPP’s programs as part of the accreditation review process.

Third Party Comments

The EPP is required to solicit third party comment on its qualifications for accreditation as part of the accreditation review process. The EPP is required to provide evidence to CAEP within seven (7) days of such notice being posted. If an EPP does not provide evidence that it has sought third-party comment, CAEP reserves the right to reschedule the site review.

Not less than sixteen (16) weeks prior to the scheduled date of a site visit, both the EPP and CAEP must publicly announce the upcoming accreditation review and the date of the site review to provide time for interested stakeholders to make comments. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, full-time and adjunct faculty/educators, staff, candidates, cooperating teachers and/or mentors, completers, and employers.

CAEP accepts written comments from stakeholders up to six (6) weeks before the site visit and provides these comments to the EPP. The EPP can respond to any written comments received prior to the scheduled site review. The response must be received by CAEP no less than two (2) weeks prior to the site review. Third party comments and the EPP response, if any, are submitted in AIMS. (See Accreditation Policy.)

A sample of a Call for Comments notice is provided below. The statement may be modified by an EPP as appropriate:

The School of Education at XYZ University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on [date of visit]. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the evaluation team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. 
Spring 2021 Site Visits

University of Kansas

KS

1/31/2021

2/2/2021

Emory & Henry College

VA

2/21/2021

2/23/2021

Furman University

SC

2/21/2021

2/23/2021

Drexel University

PA

2/28/2021

3/2/2021

The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina

SC

2/28/2021

3/2/2021

Framingham State University

MA

3/7/2021

3/9/2021

Cedarville University

OH

3/14/2021

3/16/2021

Hanover College

IN

3/14/2021

3/16/2021

Boyce College

KY

3/21/2021

3/23/2021

Southern Connecticut State University

CT

3/28/2021

3/30/2021

Texas Tech University

TX

3/28/2021

3/30/2021

God's Bible School & College

OH

4/5/2021

4/7/2021

California University of Pennsylvania

PA

4/11/2021

4/13/2021

Fairfield University

CT

4/11/2021

4/13/2021

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

PA

4/11/2021

4/13/2021

Austin Peay State University

TN

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

Clemson University

SC

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

Georgian Court University

NJ

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

Miles College

AL

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

Stephen F. Austin State University

TX

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

TX

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

Virginia Commonwealth University

VA

4/18/2021

4/20/2021

Concordia University

MI

4/19/2021

4/21/2021

Appalachian State University

NC

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

Belmont University

TN

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

Lehman College-CUNY

NY

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

Montclair State University

NJ

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

Northern State University

SD

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico

PR

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

PR

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

Western Connecticut State University

CT

4/25/2021

4/27/2021

State University of New York at Oswego

NY

4/26/2021

4/28/2021

University of North Georgia

GA

5/2/2021

5/4/2021

Rutgers University

NJ

5/10/2021

5/12/2021

Queen Rania Teacher Academy

JO

5/16/2021

5/18/2021

Centenary University

NJ

5/23/2021

5/25/2021

Quinnipiac University

CT

5/23/2021

5/25/2021

Bloomfield College

NJ

6/7/2021

6/9/2021

LeMoyne-Owen College

TN

8/15/2021

8/17/2021