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:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

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 2022 Site Visits
Al Ain University UAE 2/6/2022 2/9/2022
Albertus Magnus College CT 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Alcorn State University MS 2/13/2022 2/15/2022
Asbury University KY 4/24/2022 4/26/2022
Central Connecticut State University CT 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
Christian Brothers University TN 4/24/2022 4/26/2022
East Carolina University NC 2/20/2022 2/22/2022
East Stroudsburg University PA 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Elon University NC 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
Fayetteville State University NC 3/20/2022 3/22/2022
Ferrum College VA 3/20/2022 3/22/2022
Florida Atlantic University FL 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
Frostburg State University MD 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
George Washington University DC 5/8/2022 5/10/2022
Georgia Southern University GA 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
Grace College IN 5/15/2022 5/17/2022
Hollins University VA 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
Keene State College NH 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Liberty University VA 3/6/2022 3/8/2022
Lindenwood University MO 5/1/2022 5/3/2022
Lourdes University OH 4/24/2022 4/26/2022
Martin University IN 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
Minnesota State University-Moorhead MN 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Mississippi State University MS 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Missouri Western State University MO 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
Mount Vernon Nazarene University OH 3/20/2022 3/22/2022
North Carolina A & T State University NC 4/24/2022 4/26/2022
North Carolina Central University NC 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
North Carolina State University NC 3/20/2022 3/22/2022
Northwest Nazarene University ID 3/14/2022 3/16/2022
Notre Dame of Maryland University MD 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
Ohio Christian University OH 2/27/2022 3/1/2022
Oklahoma State University OK 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
Presbyterian College SC 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Rowan University NJ 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Rutgers University - Newark NJ 5/15/2022 5/17/2022
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania PA 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
Southeastern Louisiana University LA 3/20/2022 3/22/2022
Southwestern College KS 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
SUNY Buffalo State NY 3/13/2022 3/15/2022
Sweet Briar College VA 5/1/2022 5/3/2022
Texas Southern University TX 4/25/2022 4/27/2022
The University of Memphis TN 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
The University of Michigan-Flint MI 5/22/2022 5/24/2022
The University of Mississippi MS 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley TX 3/27/2022 3/29/2022
University of Connecticut CT 5/1/2022 5/3/2022
University of Montana-Missoula MT 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
University of Montevallo AL 4/24/2022 4/26/2022
University of North Carolina Wilmington NC 6/26/2022 6/28/2022
University of Richmond VA 2/6/2022 2/8/2022
University of South Carolina Beaufort SC 4/10/2022 4/12/2022
West Chester University of Pennsylvania PA 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Williams Baptist University AR 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Winston-Salem State University NC 4/3/2022 4/5/2022
Wittenberg University OH 4/3/2022 4/5/2022