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**NEW** Accreditation Community Sessions (ACS):

These sessions were created because of conversations and an identified need for partnerships and continuing development between and among Educator Preparation Programs throughout the state of North Carolina with support from the State Representative of Accreditation housed within the NC Department of Public Instruction. The focus of each session will inform accreditation requirements for those programs currently participating in the national accreditation offered by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  The topics and discussions are not exclusive to our NC CAEP participating programs only as there is transferability to inform best practices and accountability requirements for our regional accreditation agency for higher education (SACS) as well as the state and federal regulations. Attendees may choose to bring small teams from their programs to facilitate an interactive workshop experience while engaged in sessions. They may also choose to come and listen to the information discussed in that session and bring the information back to their program for consideration of next steps.  Each session is designed to address hot topics, current needs, and areas of challenge that our NC Educator Preparation Programs are navigating. In addition to supporting meaningful continual improvement of our NC programs through the content of each session, these sessions will also provide a platform for strengthening our community partnerships and relationships in our state.  Sessions will be purposefully held at institutions around the state to grow our relationships and intentionally make these sessions as accessible as possible to all.

Sessions are set to launch January, 2019. A schedule of events is listed below. Check back regularly for updates!  Please direct any inquires to Dr. Theresa Coogan (

Register Now for Upcoming ACS Events:

January 10, 2019 – CAEP general overview, initial & advanced standards.

Invited speaker, Dr. Gary Railsback, VP of CAEP. 

Brief Description: This full-day session will be separated into 3 distinct sessions.
Attendees may register in advance for one, two, or all three sessions. Brief breaks will be scheduled in between sessions.

The morning session is geared intentionally to the various NC State administrators and stakeholders. It will be approximately 45 minutes allowing for a broad overview of CAEP, discussion of the value of accreditation with educator preparation, and inviting some time for Q&A.

The mid-morning session is geared to our NC EPP’s who have initial level program(s). It will be approximately 3 hours. An overview of all 5 standards as it pertains to the initial level standards only will be discussed through this interactive session.

The early afternoon session is geared to our NC EPP’s who have advanced level program(s). It will be approximately 2 hours. An overview of all 5 standards as it pertains to the advanced level standards only will be discussed through this interactive session.

Cost: Free

Event location: NC DPI, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC

Registration open until January 1, 2019:

February 7, 2019 – Praxis Tests: Implications for Accreditation & State Requirements
Collaborating with: Betty Liverman, Shaw University

Brief Description: This session will discuss strategies for supporting students to pass the
Praxis Core tests as the state requirement for admissions into an EPP.  Shaw will share a preparation course that was created to meet the challenges and needs they noticed among their students.

Cost: Free

Event location:  Virtual (link will be sent in advance to those who have registered);
limited space will also be available for people who are local and prefer in-person format

Registration open until January 31, 2019:

Save The Date for ACS Events being planned:

March 8, 2019 – Collaborative Clinical Partnerships with the Community  
Collaborating with: Dr. Susan Wynn & Dr. Kristen Stephens, Duke University
Event location:  Duke University

March/April, 2019 - Assessing Candidate Dispositions through an EPP Created Instrument
Collaborating with: Dr. Christina K. O'Connor & Dr. Kristen Smith, UNC Greensboro
Event location:  UNC Greensboro

May 16, 2019 – CAEP Advanced Level Standards: Implications for Practice  
Collaborating with: Dr. Chris Godwin, Campbell University
Event location:  Campbell University

Propose a Topic for a Future ACS event:

Do you have an idea for a future topic that will support an accreditation need in your EPP and/or the field?  Topics may inform best practices, innovation, and much more. These sessions are designed to engage the entire North Carolina EPP community in a creative and collaborative way.  All ideas for topics are invited. Please complete the form below to share your thoughts.

Link to submit your idea:

Key Resources:

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Steps to access the IHE Web Portal. This is a secure, encrypted server used for transferring sensitive information.

  1. Go to URL:
  2. Click ‘Log in’.
  3. User Name: enter UserName.
  4. Password: enter Password.
  5. Once logged in, click on the name of the file.
  6. A ‘pop-up’ box will appear. Select ‘Open or Save’. Click ‘OK’.
  7. When finished, closed the browser to end the session with the server.

If you need the User Name and/or Password to access the IHE Web Portal, contact Mike Cash at

For Reports provided by NC DPI summarizing student Grade, Race, Sex:

  1. Go to URL:
  2. Click on the link to the 'The Statistical Profile Online'.
  3. On the left will be a table of contents broken out at the State, LEA, Charter School Levels, and Pupil Accounting.
  4. Under 'Part II. Local Education Agencies' table 'Table 10.1 - Pupils in Membership by Race & Sex (School Level)' for LEAs will contain the data.
  5. Under 'Part III. Charter/Regional Schools' table 'Table 37 - Membership by Race and Sex' will contain the data.
  6. From the drop down box 'Actions' Select 'Filter' to select a 'Year' and/or set other items.
  7. After the date is returned from the drop down box 'Actions' select 'Download' to download the data. Click on the icon for a 'csv' type file. It is compatible with Excel.

For Contact Info at the Central Office or Principal at a LEA's in NC:

  1. Go to URL:
  2. Under the second paragraph click on the link to EDDIE ( .
  3. For contact data on Central Office Personnel select 'Create Custom Report - Staff' from the menu on the left.
  4. From the drop down box 'Actions' Select 'Filter'. Under the 'Column' drop down box select 'Staff Title Desc' and from the 'Expression' box select the position for which you want information.
  5. To download the data select 'Download' from the 'Actions' drop down box and click on a format to download.

What is CAEP?

Use the link above to explore the CAEP website directly for the most current information.

CAEP became fully operational as an accrediting body for educator preparation providers July 1, 2013. Prior to CAEP, there were two main accrediting bodies informing educator preparation in the United States. In 1954, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) was founded. In 1997, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) was founded. In 2016, NCATE and TEAC were consolidated into one agency; CAEP.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction entered into a partnership with CAEP that is for a 5-year term beginning July 1, 2016 ending June 30, 2021. A copy of the partnership agreement may be found below.

NC CAEP Partnership Agreement
(pdf, 124kb)

Specialized Professional Association (SPA) recognition for eligible program areas are not required by EPPs in North Carolina. EPPs are not prohibited from seeking recognition from the SPAs; however, EPPs should be advised that holding national recognition by the SPAs is not associated with the state program approval process. The NCDPI Educator Preparation Division staff's a specialist to provide accreditation supports to EPPs and IHEs. Please access the NCDPI EPP Division Directory for more information if you wish to contact us directly.