Call for Third Party Comments

Request for third party comments evaluating the College of Education in advance of the CAEP accreditation site visit.

The College of Education at Penn State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from March 24 - March 26, 2019. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team.

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.

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Or by email to:

CAEP accepts written comments from stakeholders up to six (6) weeks before the site visit (Deadline: February 8, 2019) and provides these comments to the College of Education.  Such comments must be 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.

As part of the accreditation process, the College of Education has completed a self-study report.  You are invited to review the report and the supporting evidence.