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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

CAEP Vision, Mission, & Goals


Excellence in educator preparation.


CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.


1. To raise the bar in educator preparation
CAEP will have clear, high standards that rely on evidence-based measures of performance and continuous improvement to make accurate judgments about educator preparation provider (EPP) quality.

2. To promote continuous improvement
CAEP will support educator preparation providers (EPPs) in using the accreditation process to demonstrate quality and facilitate continuous improvement.

3. To advance research and innovation
CAEP will develop and implement an agenda for research and innovation to foster continuous improvement in educator preparation.

4. To increase accreditation’s value
CAEP will broaden awareness of quality educator preparation providers (EPPs) and the value of accreditation based on peer review of relevant, actionable measures of quality so that more providers will participate and more states and districts will rely on accreditation for program approval, licensing, and hiring.

5. To be a model accrediting body
CAEP will model excellence and offer multiple pathways to accreditation.

6. To be a model learning organization
CAEP will model the self-study and continuous improvement practices it advocates for providers.