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NCTE/CAEP* Standards for English Language Arts

The National Council of Teachers of English is one of eight subject specific organizations with membership in the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the professional accrediting agency for teacher preparation. Institutions seeking CAEP accreditation must meet carefully developed specific conditions. One of those conditions is program approval. To see available resources, click here.

In November 2012, the NCATE/CAEP Specialty Areas Studies Board (SASB) approved the new NCTE Standards. These new standards are approved for immediate use as the required standards for NCATE/CAEP program review. Teacher preparation programs are encouraged to begin implementing these standards and revising their assessments accordingly. Programs seeking NCATE/CAEP recognition may continue to submit program reports aligned to the 2003 standards until Fall 2014 at which time the new standards will become mandatory.

Institutions "Nationally Recognized" by NCTE

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has adopted the NCTE program standards for undergraduate programs for Initial Preparation of Teachers of Secondary English Language Arts. Institutions seeking CAEP accreditation submit their English education programs for review to NCTE. Listed are the current institutions whose English education programs have been reviewed and are "nationally recognized" by NCTE. To see the list of "Recognized Programs", click here.
Related Documents

NCTE Guidelines for the Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts (2006)
(NOTE: This document is available FREE as a PDF.)

NCTE/NCATE Research Project on the Assessment of the Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts (January 2001)  


NCTE/CAEP Program Coordinator

Paul Yoder
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

CAEP Contact

Stevie Chepko
Vice President, Program Review
1140 19th Street NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036


*With the July 1, 2013 de facto consolidation of NCATE and TEAC into CAEP as the new accrediting body for educator preparation, please visit for general information. For those engaged in legacy NCATE and TEAC accreditation visits, the more detailed information will remain on these respective sites for the time being. Look for the launch of the comprehensive new CAEP website this summer!

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