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 visit.

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 visit 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 visit. The response must be received by CAEP no less than two (2) weeks prior to the site visit. 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 site 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. No anonymous testimony will be considered.
Fall 2020 Site Visits
EPP State
Auburn University Montgomery AL
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania PA
Bowie State University MD
Bridgewater College VA
Calumet College of St. Joseph IN
Claflin University SC
Clarion University of Pennsylvania PA
Clark Atlanta University GA
Cornerstone University MI
Drury University MO
Duquesne University PA
Eastern Mennonite University VA
Francis Marion University SC
Georgetown College KY
Glenville State College WV
Hamline University MN
Huntington University IN
Indiana University Northwest IN
Indiana University Southeast IN
Jacksonville State University AL
Kentucky State University KY
Lander University SC
Linfield College Teacher Education Program OR
Marian University IN
Marymount University VA
Mercy College NY
Millersville University of Pennsylvania PA
Mississippi College MS
Mississippi University for Women MS
Mississippi Valley State University MS
Monroe College NY
Newman University KS
National University College PR
Ottawa University KS
Purdue University Northwest IN
Ramapo College of New Jersey NJ
Rochester Institute of Technology NY
Rockhurst University MO
Southwestern Oklahoma State University OK
The College of Charleston SC
The University of North Carolina Asheville NC
The University of Southern Mississippi MS
The University of Tennessee TN
Touro College NY
Union College KY
United Arab Emirates University UAE
University at Albany (State University of New York at Albany) NY
University of Central Arkansas AR
University of Findlay OH
Universidad de Puerto Rico Ponce PR
University of Idaho ID
University of Maine ME
University of Missouri-Columbia MO
University of North Alabama AL
University of North Carolina at Charlotte NC
University of Portland OR
University of Puerto Rico at Utuado PR
Ursuline College OH
Valparaiso University IN
Virginia Union University VA
Walsh University OH
William Paterson University NJ
Zayed University UAE

Spring 2021 Site Visits
Institution State
Appalachian State University NC
Austin Peay State University TN
Belmont University TN
Bloomfield College NJ
Boyce College KY
California University of Pennsylvania PA
Cedarville University OH
Centenary University NJ
Clemson University SC
Concordia University MI
Drexel University PA
Emory & Henry College VA
Fairfield University CT
Felician University NJ
Ferrum College VA
Framingham State University MA
Furman University SC
Georgian Court University NJ
God's Bible School & College OH
Hanover College IN
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania PA
Lehman College-CUNY NY
LeMoyne-Owen College TN
Louisiana College LA
Miles College AL
Montclair State University NJ
Northern State University SD
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico PR
Quinnipiac University CT
Rutgers University NJ
Rutgers University - Newark NJ
Southern Connecticut State University CT
State University of New York at Oswego NY
Stephen F. Austin State University TX
Texas Tech University TX
The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina SC
Universidad Ana G. Méndez- Recinto de Carolina PR
University of Hawaii at Hilo HI
University of Kansas KS
University of North Georgia GA
University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo PR
University of Texas of the Permian Basin TX
Virginia Commonwealth University 
 VA
Western Connecticut State University CT