CAEP Standards for Accreditation at the Advanced-Level

Advanced-Level Programs
Advanced-level programs are defined by CAEP as educator preparation programs at the post-baccalaureate or graduate levels leading to licensure, certification, or endorsement. Advanced-level programs are designed to develop P-12 teachers who have already completed an initial preparation program, currently licensed administrators, other certificated (or similar state language) school professionals for employment in P-12 schools/districts. These programs are submitted to CAEP using the CAEP Standards for Accreditation at the Advanced-Level. For an educator preparation provider (EPP) with advanced-level programs only, or both initial- and advanced-level programs, a single self-study report is submitted for review.
The CAEP Standards for Accreditation at the Advanced-Level and their components flow from two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators.
  2. There must be solid evidence that the provider has the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

These standards define quality in terms of organizational performance and serve as the basis for accreditation reviews and judgments. While the CAEP Standards for Advanced-Level Preparation Programs parallel the CAEP Standards for Initial Programs, there are distinct differences in the evidence required.

  • Standard 1 focuses on candidate outcomes specific to advanced-level study.
  • Standard 2 allows for flexibility specific to clinical experiences that encompass the uniqueness and diversity found at the advanced level.
  • Standard 3 emphasizes the admission of qualified candidates who have demonstrated the proficiency for advanced-level study.
  • Standard 4 focuses on completer and employer satisfaction.
  • Standard 5 requests evidence on a quality assurance system specific to continuous improvement.


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